Property tax rate subject of vote by council on Tuesday

Friday, May 8, 2009

Lewisburg's City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would set the city's property tax rate at $1.36 per $100 of assessed value, effectively the same rate used for 19 years and now proposed for the 20th year.

Agendas of the Council meeting became available late this week when City Manager Eddie Fuller reviewed what's scheduled for the meeting set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday in City Hall. Setting the tax rate is a first step toward finalizing the annual budget which is at about $10.5 million, down by about $1.5 million because of spending on a building in the city business park on Mooresville Highway.

Other matters set for Council's consideration include:

> An appropriation of approximately $1,900 for a survey and topographical mapping of 20 acres adjacent to the adult softball field. It's a step toward more perfect flattening of an area that was once used as a grass strip for airplanes. More ball fields are to be developed there.

> Authorization of the mayor to sign a proclamation declaring May 11-17 as Police Officers Memorial Week. It's to include a ceremony at Rock Creek Park on Monday, followed by a grilled hamburger lunch.

> The first of three required votes on a request for rezoning of land classified for residential use to a commercial zone at 744 Crestland so a floor covering business might be developed there.

> Another first of three votes to rezone industrial property to a residential classification so the long-standing residential use may continue without technical difficulties that might arise from the imperfect nature of the common law grandfather right to continue that use. It's a housekeeping measure that allows the homeowner to rebuild in the event of a fire.

> Adoption of a resolution to officially ask the state to return unclaimed money. Residents' utility deposits that were unclaimed after a state announcement are held by the state until they're sought by the local jurisdiction. The resolution could result in some $1,200 being returned to the city.