Wheaton Council seeking one-eighth cent tax increase

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wheaton Mayor Donnie Powell has planned to check into the process necessary to get a one-eighth cent tax before voters on the February ballot.

City Clerk Marianne Witt said the one-eighth cent would generate funds for general revenues, which covers all budgeted expenses for the city.

"Our general fund is running low," Witt said. "We're needing to look at things like street repairs in the future."

Powell will discuss the issue with Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood to have the tax placed before voters early next year.

Powell also hopes to address members of the South Barry County Ambulance Board to request providing ambulance service to the northwest part of the county. Powell feels there is a need for ambulance services closer to Wheaton and the outlying area.

In other business, Alderman Ryan Henderson requested the police department keep vehicles from driving through the city park during cruise nights.

Aldermen also directed Police Chief Clint Clark to ask city residents to put their trash receptacles away following the weekly trash pick up.

Alderman Stacy Beck proposed an amendment to the rental agreement for the Wheaton Community Building. For events lasting approximately two hours, Beck proposed a rental fee of $25 with a cleaning deposit of $50. The motion passed unanimously.

Finally, Marshall Decker from the firm of Decker and DeGood CPA, of Springfield, reported the city's funds were solid and the accounting practices were good.

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