2 Centerville Council members announce re-election bids

2 Centerville Council members announce re-election bids

Telegraph correspondentAugust 7, 2013 

CENTERVILLE -- Two City Council members announced Tuesday they will seek re-election.

Post 1 Councilman Cameron Andrews and Post 2 Councilman Randall Wright read statements during the council member comments portion of Tuesday’s meeting stating their intention to seek re-election in November’s general election.

Both men said they appreciated the opportunity to have served their fellow citizens in the past and wanted to continue to do so in order to continue to help the city grow and remain fiscally responsible.

Both spoke of what they called strides forward in city government and community life in recent years as they made their announcements.

Andrews mentioned his role in efforts to maintain an “open and transparent government” as well as being a voice for citizens and for growth while Wright spoke of his part in helping the city’s ongoing effort to provide “quality services at the lowest possible costs.”

In regular council business, Council accepted a slight millage rate decrease based on new county tax figures presented by Patrick Eidson, city administrator.

Whereas Centerville’s current budget was based on a rate of 11.981 mills, the same as the previous year, new numbers from the county allow changing the rate downward slightly to 11.972 mills.

Also Tuesday, Council approved changes to travel policies for elected and appointed city officials -- such as council members and department heads -- as discussed at a meeting in July. At the time, Councilman Ed Tucker said changes were being made to language and procedures for reimbursing travel funds, not to correct problems, but to make the process more clear, transparent and straightforward.

In addition to unanimously approving the new policy, Council began a discussion of travel policies for regular employees covered under the city’s employee policy handbook.

In other council member comments Tuesday, Tucker noted the city had added 10 property owners age 70 and over. He said the fact was significant in light of Council’s attempt to get Centerville voters to reduce, but not eliminate, the city’s current 100 percent property tax exemption for citizens 70 and over.

Tucker said the new residents represented an unpaid tax loss to the city of $120,000 if the exemption is not reduced by voters in November to a proposed exemption on the first $50,000 of a property’s value rather than the total value.

Mayor John Harley said such money lost is money unavailable for vital city services, particularly police and fire protection, which he said those over 70 rely on just as much as those under 70.

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