Paradise property owners won’t see an increase in city taxes this year. The city council Monday night voted to stay with a tax rate of 33.9 cents per $100 valuation.
That means homeowners with a house worth $100,000 can expect to pay $339 in city taxes. The only reason that would go up would be if someone added to the value of their property.
The council also adopted its 2014-15 budget of $220,360.
The new budget raises about $20,000 more than the prior year. Nearly half of the new revenue comes from new property added to the city tax rolls this year.
The council held a public hearing prior to considering the budget and tax rate, but no one attended. In fact, only three of the five council members – Bob Gayan, Roy Steel and Terre Ward – made up the meeting’s quorum. Brad Largent and Bill Schneck were absent.
A previously called November election for Largent’s and Schneck’s seats was canceled, as no one filed to run against Largent or to fill Schneck’s spot. Schneck didn’t refile but will continue to serve until after a new council member is appointed by the council in November.
This is the second time the Paradise City Council has had to cancel a called election. No seats have been contested since 2012, when Gayan retained his position on the council against Chris Hill, Largent went unchallenged and Schneck took Place 1.
- The council approved a 1.9 percent rate hike for Progressive Waste Solutions.
- The city renewed its animal control contract with Wise County.
- The city discussed updating its emergency response protocol to include what to do in case of a bomb threat in Paradise ISD. A recent threat at the junior high campus prompted an evacuation of the school and a search by law enforcement.
While parents and legal guardians were informed, city residents living near the school were unaware of the threat.