Woodstock increases property tax rate
by staff reports
August 30, 2012 12:00 AM | 1401 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — Woodstock leaders on Monday raised the city’s property tax to make up for a decline in revenue.

The Woodstock City Council voted 3-2 to approve setting its 2012 millage rate.

Council members Liz Baxter and Chris Casdia voted against the measure.

Councilwoman Tessa Basford was not present.

City staff recommended raising the rate from 7.292 to 7.885 mills, which would be considered “revenue neutral.”

The difference between the two figures was about $500,000 in revenue, said Chief Financial Officer Robert Porche.

Casdia said he didn’t think the city needed to raise the millage rate as he believes “revenues will come in higher.”

The rate is considered revenue neutral because most taxpayers saw their property values decrease by the same percentage as the rate increase.

The state revenue rollback calculation allows the city to raise its rate to any point below the revenue-neutral rate to be recognized as a revenue tax decrease. A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value.

Other items of business included:

* Mayor Donnie Henriques read a proclamation naming Sept. 3 to 7 as National Payroll Week;

* The Council recognized officer Patricia Baker as the police department’s employee of the quarter;

* Henriques swore in Noah Lindley as a Woodstock firefighter;

* The Council tabled until Sept. 10 review of the July 2012 financials;

* The Council approved a resolution to adopt the city’s transportation plan;

* The Council approved the city’s Americans With Disabilities Act transition plan;

* The Council approved the second reading to strengthen existing regulations to address fats, oils and grease in the city’s waste water collection system;

* The Council tabled until Sept. 10 an amendment to its official zoning map;

* The Council tabled until Sept. 10 modifying its land development ordinance to include a section on form-based code, otherwise known as Smart Code;

* City Manager Jeff Moon was directed to explore putting together a wellness program and possibly implementing a self-insurance program; and

* Moon told the Council new containers for residential recycling and garbage disposal will be delivered Oct. 1to 5 and 8 to 12 by Waste Management as part of the city’s transition from using Advanced Disposal; Moon also said beginning Oct. 10, commercial garbage services will be by open franchise; businesses will be able to choose their haulers from a list of registered haulers with the city.

The council met in executive session to discuss real estate, personnel and litigation, but took no action upon returning.

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