Council keeps property tax steady - Personal property rate drops

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By Scotty McDaniel

The Ad Valorem property taxes for the 2008 calendar year have been levied after the Shelbyville City Council approved a second reading.

At its August 21 meeting, the council approved the first reading of the ordinance proposing a tax rate of 27.5 cents per $100.00 assessed real property this year. The rate is the same as last year, when it produced $1,855,368. This year it's expected to produce more than $1.9 million.

The tax rate on personal property within the city was reduced from 46.8 cents on each $100.00 of assessed value last year, to 43.1 cents this year.

Prior to the second reading last Thursday, a public hearing was held for the citizens of Shelbyville. However, no citizens attended the hearing and the second reading was held and approved shortly after.

Battling back against droughts

Citing the drought of 2007, the council revealed it has been working with the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission for about a year to better prepare for droughts.

Tom Doyle, manager of the commission, came before the council to discuss an ordinance proposing the creation of a regional water commission to acquire and develop alternate and supplemental sources of water for Shelby and Franklin counties, and to own, operate and manage the necessary waterworks facilities. The commission would be known as the Shelby-Franklin Regional Water Commission.

A first reading of the ordinance was approved, and the council scheduled a second reading for Sept. 18.

Also at the meeting:

* The council approved a resolution requesting hazardous duty coverage for positions in the fire and police departments who became part of the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) on or after Sept. 1, 2008. The resolution also states that effective Dec. 1, 2008 all employees working under hazardous duty positions in the fire and police departments will transfer from the existing non-hazardous coverage in the CERS to hazardous duty coverage. The resolution also calls for the city to make the CERS hazardous duty coverage available to all approved positions within the fire and police departments.

* The council approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the city of Shelbyville to collect the principal and interest due on the Clear Creek Subdivision Public Improvement bond.

* Mayor Tom Hardesty announced that nominations for Citizen of the Year are now being accepted. To make a nomination call his administrative assistant Peggy Thompson or drop off the name at city hall.