Dresden raises property taxes

Dresden raises property taxes
With the passing of the 2008-2009 FY budget on its second reading, the Dresden City Board of Mayor and Aldermen also passed a levied property tax of $1.44 per $100 assessment to fund municipal services. The ordinance passed, 4-2, with Aldermen Joyce Hurt and Donnie Essary casting opposing votes, at the June monthly board meeting this past Monday night. “Is this feasible since the property has been reassessed to go on and raise taxes?” Alderman Hurt questioned. “It will be a quarter regardless to be able to fund the budget that each board has asked for,” Mayor Danny Forrester. “I think we ought to use conservative management to make cuts so the taxes won’t have to be raised,” Hurt continued. “Times are hard and it’s time to look at something different. Twenty-five cents is a little bit more than what we can handle right now.” In other unfinished business, the board passed Ordinance 2008-10, an ordinance to raise the current seatbelt violation fine from $10 to $20 and Ordinance 2008-11, an ordinance to change a subsection of the personnel policy on their second readings. Section IV, Subsection 7 will be changed to read, “Volunteer firefighters are appointed by the board of mayor and aldermen. Volunteer firefighters are compensated per fire call with no town benefits except coverage under the Volunteer Firefighters Insurance Coverage Policy. The town may provide its own discretion assistance to these appointed individuals.” In new business, the board approved Resolution 2008-09, the call for election. The 2008 city elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. The qualifying deadline will be noon on Aug. 21. The first day municipal petitions may be issued is May 23, 2008. The election office will need in writing a letter or copy of your city’s resolution to hold the city election, offices to be elected and each term of office, the newspaper in which to place your required legal election notices and a copy of the section of your city charter pertaining to elections. Aldermen Hurt, Danny Roberts and Mike Forchione will be up for re-election. In the last few years, interest about adding a soccer program to the City of Dresden’s Parks and Recreation Program has risen considerably. “In the last couple of years, I have gotten four to five calls a year wanting a soccer program,” Parks and Recreation director Corry Essary explained. “About 120 kids have sent in interest forms. It will be up to the parents to set up the leagues, but there’s definitely enough interest to now offer the kids something else to do.” Tentatively, the program would begin in August so as not to interfere with softball and baseball. A small amount of upfront money would be required, but it wouldn’t be “financially bad,” according to Essary. With the board’s unanimous approval, the idea will move forward, but will firstly need a director and a place to play the games. Sewer rehabilitation DRA grant bids were taken up and with a low bid of $97,938.60, Insituform Technologies, Inc of Chesterfield, Mo was the board’s choice. In employee’s reports, Finance Director Melanie Bynum reminded the board that the budget amendment from the solid waste fund to reconcile the Tri-City Landfill needed satisfying. Gleason and Sharon have already given their share and the board voted to give Dresden’s share of $11,573 to fulfill the state-mandated agreement. Water and Sewer Director Jeff Pierpoint reported that after receiving several complaints about the odor coming from the main lagoon, he is working to remedy the problem by adding calcium nitrate to the water as suggested by the City of Humboldt. Three bags of the compound cost a total of $55.26. Police Chief Brent Perry reported having issued six citations, nine charges and two arrests in a Governor’s Highway Safety grant checkpoint this past Friday on Linden Street. The checkpoint was intended primarily to look for proper seatbelt and child seat usage. Fire Chief Dickie Hart expressed concern about codes enforcement regarding children playing on a portable basketball goal and using the street as a court on Oakdale Street. Additionally, the condemnation board has issued 60-day notices to houses on East Maple Street, Evergreen Extended and Poplar Street and the Bay Bee Shoe Company building. Next month’s meeting of the Dresden City Board of Mayor and Aldermen will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 7 at the Dresden City Hall.

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