CENTERVILLE -- City Council agreed Tuesday to pursue keeping the city’s millage rate the same as last year’s -- 11.0972 mills.
The council will vote to set the millage rate at a public meeting Sept. 16.
During the council’s regular work session, city accountant Carol Harrison presented the 2014 tax digest information and choices for a new millage rate. She said a rate of 12.006 mills would perfectly match the tax digest and the city’s budget, but that keeping the old rate of 11.0972 mills was possible.
Harrison said the difference likely could be made up from higher property tax valuations and the way motor vehicle taxes can now be paid -- a once-only but higher tax.
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After discussion, in which Councilman Cameron Andrews and others expressed no desire to raise taxes, the lower figure was agreed to by the council as the figure to put forward for approval in September.
Both Harrison and council members acknowledged higher property taxes may be charged in the city if individual resident’s property values increased for 2014.
In other business and discussions, the council:
Agreed the city’s former police building could be used for storage and fire department training at least through the first part of 2015;
Agreed to discuss the possibility of moving forward with the city’s portion of creating a new entry to the Houston County Galleria mall off Houston Lake Boulevard near Gunn Road;
Agreed to future discussions on a suggestion by Councilman Ed Tucker to create a “beautiful landmark” near the corner of Houston Lake Boulevard and Gunn Road where a gazebo now sits. Tucker said a water feature or some other landmark, possibly one honoring veterans, was needed as a focal point for the city and as a centerpiece signifying commitment toward economic development in the community north of the mall;
Police Chief Sidney Andrews informed the council the police department purchased 19 new Glock firearms with confiscated funds. He said the firearms, which included trade-in of certain used firearms, cost the department $3,796 or $199 each. He said the department also purchased an ultrasonic gun cleaner for $695, also with confiscated funds.
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