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Aldermen Approve Orders, Drop Tax Rate at Special Meeting

During last week's meeting called by Mayor Scott Galvin, the City Council approved the appropriation of funds in several departments.

Aldermen approved several appropriations last week.
Aldermen approved several appropriations last week.
During a special meeting called last week by Mayor Scott Galvin, the City Council approved five funding items in a total of five meetings. As a result, the tax rate is likely to be reduced by several cents.

The meeting was held on Wednesday night, and included the approval of the following:
  • Appropriation of $165,500 to the auditor salary account
  • Appropriation of $60,000 to to election workers, voting machine repair and election printing accounts for Tuesday's special state election
  • Appropriation of $330,000 to special education para-professionals
  • Appropriation of $280,000 to the Veteran's Department for cash aid
  • Appropriation of $2,453,473.76 from the debt reserve account to general fund principal and interest accounts
City Clerk William Campbell said that as a result of the actions of City Council during the special meeting, Chief Appraiser Andrew Creen told him that a change in the tax rate occurred.

The residential tax rate dropped three cents from $10.47 to $10.44 per $1,000. The commercial/industrial/personal property tax, meanwhile, dropped seven cents from $27.48 to $27.41, according to Creen.

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