City Revenues up, Taxes Down
The city council at the meeting August 19 approved the new budget
for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
“If your property values remain the same for the new year,
your taxes will go down,” said Jerry Jones, City Manager. “We have had a good
year. We have been able to increase the city’s revenue and drop the tax rate
from .50302 down to.48700. The city has been able to add new equipment to the
budget, and best of all there will be an across the board salary increase of 5%
for all employees. This is the first time in three years that the city has been
able to do that.”
Mayor Kirk Roccaforte reported, “the increased revenue from
new property will increase the taxable income for the city 4.3%; that equals
The second reading of the ordinance to make North John a
road closed to through traffic was read and the motion to accept the ordinance
was passed by the council.
Jones reported that the city has installed traffic control
devices on North John Street. “This has been done to help with the traffic flow
on North John while the Ferry Drive project is going on,” said Jones.
Tracy Miguez, president of P.A.W.S., the Public Animal
Welfare Society, approached the city about the need for the fencing to be
installed at the city’s animal shelter.
The fence issue was not a discussion item for the council,
but there will be a report back to Miguez about the installation of the fence.
“We currently have nine dogs at the shelter that need to be
adopted before their time runs out. We would like for people to become aware of
the need for adoptions from the shelter,” said Miguez.
There several public works projects that have started or are
due to start in the near future. The drainage, water and sewer portions of the
Ferry Drive project have begun. The Rachal Street project is due to start in
the near future as is the construction of the new 200,000 gallon water tower at
the site of the recently demolished tower by City Hall.
The City has appointed Joey Hargrave as Interim Police
Chief, replacing Steve Faircloth who elected to resign.
The replacement procedure for hiring the new police chief has
started. The advertising for candidates for the job to apply to the city is
being placed in the appropriate venues.
A reception for Steve Faircloth will be held at City Hall on
August 28, from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. The public is invited to attend.