Florence council raises tax levy by 2.5 mills

Because of a reduction in the town?s valuation, the 2008 city budget will require a property-tax increase of almost 2.5 mills.

After a public hearing prior to its regular Aug. 6 meeting, the Florence City Council approved the new budget in regular session.

The mill levy for 2008 will increase from 86.291 to 88.760.

After a 15-minute executive session for personnel-related matters, the council decided to give city maintenance workers a $.75 per hour raise with further raises contingent upon upcoming employee evaluations.

Reilly Reed of the Labor Day committee requested extra trash bins, picnic tables and barricades for the holiday celebration. The city will pay $650 toward half the cost of portable toilets.

Council members even decided to personally split the $100 cost of a boot-shaped planter to support the PRIDE committee.

In other business, the council:

  • heard that road construction in town will begin Wednes?day and last up to three weeks.

  • informed someone interested in moving to Florence that city ordinances do not allow new mobile homes to be placed in town unless replacing existing ones.

  • tabled until the next meeting discussion of a survey report on the dike done bythe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The structure was reportedly good but maintenance issues were discovered and a row of small trees at the tree farm may need to be moved.

  • said a possible swimming pool contamination had been handled well and quickly by pool staff. The pool was cleared by the proper authorities and there is no longer an issue.

  • heard from Kathy DeForest that someone was interested in starting a business in a downtown building but needed to get a zoning variance because it is in a residential zone.

  • heard from the owner of the property adjoining a disputed portion of 10th Street. He was asked to provide all of the documentation he has from when he bought his property. City workers will assess and possibly maintain the road until the dispute is resolved.

  • heard that the crossing arms have been installed on the Main Street railroad crossing.

  • approved paying expenses of $115 plus lodging for Fire Chief Tim Parmley to attend a fire chiefs? convention.

  • approved sending the trash truck for suspension repairs.

  • thanked everyone who helped with Saturday?s luau.

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