Budget, tax hearings mostly quiet for city

Only one person gave public comment at last Wednesday's first public hearing on the proposed 2010 city budget and tax rate.

The second public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 Wednesday, Aug. 26 at City Hall.

Evelyn Hirt commented that in the two years since the city installed sewer lines on Allday Street, hers is the only home that has been hooked up to the city line. That annexed area of town had to wait up to five years for that project to be completed and many resident, most of whom had septic tanks, have not been added on to the city service.

"I know the city spent a lot of money out there and for just one to have sewage service, that seems like a waste," Hirt told the council.

Mayor John Shoemake said the city would follow up with other residents in the area.

Shoemake commended the staff on the 2010 budget, made challenging by cuts of four staff positions, employee concessions on the city's health insurance plan, and an estimated fall in sales tax revenues.

The tax rate is scheduled to rise to 66.2 cents from the current 63 cents per $100 valuation.

The council came up with a wish list of street equipment it must present in order to secure financing on a $500,000 note for street repair projects.

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