Centerville Council nips millage rate

Telegraph correspondentSeptember 4, 2013 

CENTERVILLE -- City Council unanimously approved two measures Tuesday reducing costs to citizens, one finalizing a slight property tax decrease and the other allowing a temporary decrease in utility fees to certain citizens.

The first was an ordinance officially adopting a slight property tax millage rate reduction. Council officially passed an ordinance approving a fractional reduction from 11.981 mills to 11.972 mills.

Centerville’s current budget was based on the 11.981 mills rate, the same as the previous year. However, new property value figures from the county allowed the downward rate slip to meet its spending plan.

Mayor John Harley said he was glad to see the lower figure and that even though it was small it at least was a reduction rather than an increase.

The second came when Council authorized a reduction in tap-on fees to citizens affected by the city’s Benjamin Road sewer project.

Eligible residents can pay $250 to tap onto city services rather than the normal $500 fee if they seek services within 90 days of the project’s completion.

Mike Brumfield, utilities superintendent, told council the project should be complete within 30 days.

Brumfield said the sewer project affects about 50 homes currently on septic tanks along Benjamin Road and nearby streets such as Brantley Road, Morgan Drive and Calvin Drive.

Also Tuesday, Council entered a brief discussion prior to approving a home-based business license to Kerry Lardie for a powder-coating operation, Ocean Air Coating, at his home on Brantwood Avenue.

Council members questioned Lardie about spill-off from such spray painting and about the possibility of the accumulation of items to be powder-coated turning his residence into what Councilman Jonathan Nichols called a potential “junkyard.”

Lardie explained to Council his process used safe materials and included a paint booth and vacuum process resulting in virtually no escaped powder-coat materials. He said his business would seek a quick turnaround time and there would be little to no collection of parts.

Lardie did say he hoped to grow his business to the point where he would need to hire employees other than himself and move from his garage to non-residential facilities.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.

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