Tax Levy Rate Ap­proved For 2017

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Good­man al­der­men ap­proved a 2017 tax levy at a spe­cial pub­lic hear­ing Tues­day, Aug. 15.

In the hear­ing held be­fore the reg­u­lar Good­man City Coun­cil meet­ing, al­der­men ap­proved the 2017 tax levy at $0.6671 per $100 valu­a­tion on real es­tate and per­sonal prop­erty.

The mat­ter was voted on twice and ap­proved. The tax rate for 2016 was $0.6559 per $100 as­sessed valu­a­tion.

Or­di­nance No. 2017-491 is con­sid­ered an emer­gency or­di­nance, as state law re­quires the tax levy to be set by Sept. 1.

Dur­ing the reg­u­lar city coun­cil meet­ing which fol­lowed, al­der­men said Good­man res­i­dents who lost a tree in the dev­as­tat­ing April 4 tor­nado will have a chance to get a free tree in Novem­ber.

The tree give­away, which is be­ing hosted by Em­pire Dis­trict and the Ar­bor Foun­da­tion, is ten­ta­tively sched­uled for Satur­day, Nov. 4. City coun­cil mem­bers also will re­ceive a free tulip tree and plant it in the city park. Any­one who lives within the city lim­its will be able to log on to a web­site — when it’s launched in com­ing weeks — and se­lect from a Chi­nese dog­wood, prairie fire crab ap­ple, short­leaf pine, swamp white oak or tulip tree.

Al­der­men also dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of ob­tain­ing a credit card ma­chine for wa­ter, me­ter, court and tax col­lec­tion fees. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the 1st Com­mu­nity Bank said the ma­chine and setup will cost about $500. Mayor Greg Rich­mond said he and city clerk Karla McNor­ton have been dis­cussing the mat­ter for some time and now have gath­ered some in­for­ma­tion and fi­nan­cials for con­sid­er­a­tion. The coun­cil de­cided to place the mat­ter on next month’s agenda for fur­ther ex­plo­ration.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil:

Ap­proved the pur­chase of a $2,000 valve for the wa­ter treat­ment plant;

Ap­proved $150 for OSHA- and EPA-man­dated chem­i­cal re­sponse train­ing in Spring­field for David Brodie;

Dis­cussed av­er­ag­ing Ear­line Wil­son’s wa­ter bill, due to sev­eral leaks. Al­der­men will place the item on next month’s agenda. Rich­mond said Karla Wil­son, who ad­dressed the wa­ter bill and leaks with the coun­cil, has two cousins on the coun­cil. Another coun­cil mem­ber was not present Tues­day night, and Rich­mond wanted to wait un­til the coun­cil could “prop­erly vote on the mat­ter.” He also said he wanted to al­low more time to see if next month’s wa­ter bill would also re­flect an in­crease and then staff mem­bers can av­er­age the bill.

Heard from Rich­mond that the city­wide yard sale went well. He said early rains ini­tially ham­pered sales, but folks be­gan to par­tic­i­pate by noon af­ter the rain sub­sided. He said he thought the event was suc­cess­ful.

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