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Council eyes quick meeting Tuesday

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Decatur city council may set a record when they meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The purpose of the session is to hold the second and final required public hearing on next year’s property tax rate – which is pegged at 67.3 cents per $100 valuation.

That’s up a penny from the current year’s rate – well below the 70 cents they authorized at last week’s meeting.

That’s because the budget holds the line on spending even though it provides raises for employees. No new personnel are included, although the school district did authorize an additional school resource officer and the city will kick in about $22,000 for their share of that additional police officer.

Tuesday, after a hearing on the tax rate, the council is expected to discuss and approve the budget, approve the appraisal roll, ratify the purchase of a new dump truck and make the final payment on the city’s phone system.

The tax rate will be formally adopted the following Monday, Sept. 9.

The meeting is open to the public.

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