Property tax increase passes on final reading

Property tax increase passes on final reading
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Union City residents should soon be receiving their property tax bills in the mail.
The Union City city council approved on second and final reading a new property tax rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year during a called meeting Tuesday which lasted less than five minutes. The new rate of $2.13 is an increase of 1 cent over last year’s rate.
There was no discussion among the council members and no one in the audience asked to speak on the matter. Councilman Billy Jack “B.J.” Cranford voted against the increased property tax rate.
The council also awarded a bid to Still Contractors in Dyersburg for retrofitting the lights in seven city buildings.
During a meeting earlier this month, city manager Kathy Dillon told the council the city will receive a TVA energy rebate and is expected to save about $40,000 the first year.
Ms. Dillon said bids were opened on Monday and included a bid of $57,248 from Still Contractors, $78,390.40 from E&W Electric in Paris and $166,593 from Beltline Electric in Paducah, Ky.
She explained the bid specs called for retrofitting a total of 911 light fixtures. She said Beltline actually added 20 fixtures to that number and that each fixture averaged $185.10. She added both Still and E&W reduced the number of fixtures, saying with the better source of light the city could reduce the fixtures and save money. Still’s bid averaged $46.95 per fixture, while E&W’s averaged $57.37.
After a $14,973 TVA rebate, the retrofitting will cost the city $42,275.
Councilman Danny Leggett opened the meeting with prayer. Published in The Messenger 10.24.12

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