Hear­ing held about pro­posed Queen­stown FY 2018 bud­get

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

QUEEN­STOWN — Queen­stown Com­mis­sion­ers have pro­posed a bud­get of $629,434 for fis­cal 2018, an in­crease of just over $41,000 from 2017. The pro­posed bud­get, Or­di­nance 17-03, es­tab­lishes a tax rate of .17773 per $100 of as­sessed real prop­erty value and a tax rate of .44 per $100 on all com­mer­cial or busi­ness per­sonal prop­erty. No res­i­dents spoke at the pub­lic hear­ing May 24.

The real prop­erty tax is down for FY18 slightly from this year’s rate of .1810.

The largest in­creases in the gen­eral fund bud­get over last year were added ex­pense to le­gal coun­sel and the town plan­ner’s ser­vices.

The Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion also pro­posed adopt­ing an en­ter­prise bud­get for the town’s wa­ter and sewer op­er­a­tions. The wa­ter/ sewer fund bud­get also showed an in­crease at just over $52,000 dol­lars from last year.

In­creases to the wa­ter/sewer fund were largely due to in­creased fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment costs, such as elec­tric ser­vice and re­pairs and main­te­nance costs as­so­ci­ated with main­tain­ing wa­ter/sewer lines.

The bud­get or­di­nance is avail­able for re­view through the town of­fice and on the town web­site. Queen­stown res­i­dents may call or com­ment in writ­ing to the town of­fice be­fore the next meet­ing of the com­mis­sion­ers June 14 at 4 p.m. whereby the or­di­nance will be called to vote.

In other busi­ness, res­o­lu­tion num­ber 17–102, a res­o­lu­tion of the com­mis­sion­ers to es­tab­lish a dis­con­nec­tion pol­icy for delin­quent wa­ter and sewer ac­counts was ac­cepted unan­i­mously. That res­o­lu­tion can be viewed also at the town of­fice and on­line. The new dis­con­nect pol­icy will con­sider a bill el­i­gi­ble for dis­con­nect, 10 days af­ter the due date. Per the res­o­lu­tion a dis­con­nect no­tice will be mailed, or in the case of a rental prop­erty, placed on the door of the prop­erty in delin­quency. The dis­con­nect letter will give the owner/ten­ant an ad­di­tional 14 days to have their wa­ter/sewer bill paid in full. A dis­con­nect fee of $35 will be as­sessed, as will a re­con­nect fee of $35. This res­o­lu­tion is ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2018.

The com­mis­sion­ers tabled un­til the next meet­ing or­di­nance 17–05 which will es­tab­lish/amend the Queen­stown town code to add chap­ter 7 ti­tled “res­i­den­tial rental hous­ing li­cense and in­spec­tion” to es­tab­lish a li­cens­ing and in­spec­tion pro­gram for res­i­den­tial rental dwelling units within the town of Queen­stown; and res­o­lu­tion 7–103 to es­tab­lish a fee sched­ule for rental li­censes.

Pub­lic com­ment was heard by one in­di­vid­ual only on this mat­ter, and in fa­vor of pass­ing this res­o­lu­tion ex­pe­di­ently. Queen­stown res­i­dent Mark May­berry stated that the prop­erty ad­ja­cent to his had ten­ants which be­haved in an un­law­ful man­ner. Be­cause of this, May­berry stated that he hung a noose from a tree limb to dis­cour­age would be tres­passers. How­ever, af­ter an anony­mous com­plaint was made to the sher­iff’s of­fice about the noose, May­berry said he did re­move it. May­berry said he hopes the pro­posed or­di­nance and res­o­lu­tion would elim­i­nate some of the con­cerns he has had re­gard­ing rental prop­er­ties.

The com­mis­sion­ers ex­pressed con­cerns of in­creased traf­fic in­clud­ing passers through ex­ceed­ing the speed limit, and trac­tor and trail­ers over the gross vehicle weight, pro­ceed­ing down streets clearly marked, to a sher­iff’s deputy in at­ten­dance. The Com­mis­sion­ers re­quested there be an in­creased pres­ence from the sher­iff’s of­fice within town lim­its. The town also re­quested that aux­il­iary — vol­un­teer — mem­bers be used where pos­si­ble to help de­ter traf­fic vi­o­la­tions and record the same, but did not sug­gest the hir­ing of ad­di­tional of­fi­cers by the town for the ex­tra duty.

The next meet­ing of the com­mis­sion­ers is sched­uled for June 14 at 4 p.m. and will be a pub­lic hear­ing on Or­di­nance No. 17-04, ti­tled: an or­di­nance of the town of Queen­stown to adopt sup­ple­men­tal find­ings of fact in con­nec­tion with the ap­pli­ca­tion of the growth al­lo­ca­tion float­ing zone to the Water­man prop­erty and to re­flect that the to­tal acreage of the Water­man prop­erty to be re­clas­si­fied is 59.405 acres, in or­der to be con­sis­tent with the newly adopted Queen­stown crit­i­cal area map.

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