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No public input on tax increase

by Dolores Hamilton
There were no comments from the audience during the public hearing held by the city council Monday night to discuss the proposed two-cent tax increase.

The second public hearing will be held Monday.

The proposed tax rate is 76 cents per $100 of taxable value to cover a General Fund budget of $3,433,880. The Utility Fund budget is funded with revenue generated from water and sewer bills.

Sept. 9 is the date scheduled by the council to approve the tax rate and adopt the General Fund and Utility Fund budgets.

In other business, the council approved the abandonment of a 10-ft. sewer line easement that runs along the east side of the former Wal-Mart property from Bank St. to West Highway.

The council determined that the sewer line is not being used and wouldn’t be necessary for future use. “We don’t need this easement at all,” said City Manager Mike Price. He said this is the last concern on sale of the former Wal-Mart property to S-5! Manufacturing. The sale is expected to close on Aug. 30.

Justin Galliton was administered the oath of office to serve as a reserve patrol officer for the Iowa Park Police Department.