Washburn CC sets 2012 tax levy

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Members of the Washburn City Council set the 2012 tax rate during a public hearing held Aug. 20.

The 2012 assessed valuations were $1,970,144 for real estate and $562,701 for personal property, totaling $2,532,845.

The tax rate for 2012 was set at .3958, which will generate approximately $1,002,500 for the city.

Revenues were up for real property valuations for 2011, which totaled $1,952,398, but down for personal property valuations, $571,378, for a combined total of $2,523,776.

During the council's regular board meeting, Mayor John Tiedeman suggested appointing Amanda Crimm to fulfill the remaining term of office for East Ward Alderman Chloe Weathers, who vacated her seat in April after moving out of the city limits. The council approved the appointment.

In other business, Washburn Police Chief Doug Henry reported the department did not have rifles for officers to use if necessary. Aldermen approved the purchase of a rifle for the department.

Aldermen approved the purchase of ARC Desktop software, which will be used to map and log the city's water and sewer lines. The software will also track repairs, parts and instructions needed and have detailed information on Washburn's water and wastewater infrastructure for accurate record keeping.

Aldermen also approved the purchase of 20 used water meters from the City of Monett.

In other business, aldermen:

* Voted to send two representatives to the Missouri Rural Water Association conference in October.

* Approved an ordinance prohibiting the sale of synthetic drugs.

* Voted to purchase a trolling motor and battery for the boat used at the city lagoon and a pump for the lagoon's primer station.

* Heard that the next meeting of the Washburn Civic Association will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at Washburn City Hall.

The next regular meeting of the Washburn City Council will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 at the city hall.

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