Will ask voters to renew levy bonds

Last updated: June 18. 2014 6:17PM - 469 Views
By Ilene Haluska ihaluska@civitasmedia.com

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GREENVILLE - The city of Greenville is helping with the new school building project and a new business by waiving bonds and fees.

Simultaneously, the city plans on voters to approve on the fall election ballot for Nov. 4, two property tax renewal levies. The renewals would continue increased property taxes for city operations for the next five years.

The two renewals are for the 2014 tax levies to start on the 2015 tax bill until 2018 to maintain the city’s current tax revenue for operating expenses.

“There will be no additional increase in taxes with the passage of these levies,” said City Auditor Roxanne Willman, who said the levies originated before 1976 but for different years at different rates and by 1980 became the current levies.

They are 1.2 mil and 3.8 mil property tax levies. The 1.2 mil would come to 12 cents per $100 of property valuation, and the 3.8 would come to 38 cents per property valuation, according to the city’s resolutions.

An ordinance added to the agenda to reduce the sanitary sewer tap fee for Koenig Equipment was approved and declared an emergency.

The Utilities Committee met on June 9 and recommended the discounted tap-in fee for Koenig because there is a tap nearby, and Koenig was misquoted a higher fee.

In an ordinance added to the agenda for the Greenville Schools early site package to build the new kindergarten through eighth grade school building was declared an emergency, because it was approved at the Planning and Zoning meeting just before the city council meeting. The ordinance allows the city to waive water and sewer tap-in fess, construction fees, surety and maintenance bonds and fees for the school project.

Councilman Tracy Tyron later explained he was voting on the project even though he works for the Greenville City Schools but doesn’t benefit from it, after consulting with the attorney.

“I would be voting on some issues tonight and yes I am employed by the Greenville City Schools,” he said. “But in referring to this matter, in no shape or form will I be benefiting from this. I will probably be long gone from the Greenville City Schools before this (construction). I am already over my retirement and probably should go. I do not benefit anything financially or in any way and a reduction in work load either, so I will be voting on this.”

Greenville Law Director Eric Brand said in a separate interview that waiving maintenance fees was a duplication fee. It was reported that the early site package for the Greenville City School requires bonds by both the state board of education and the city, which is why the city is waiving its bonding requirements. He had told the board at its last meeting that the city should consider protecting itself, because the city would be part of school property building construction inspections.

In other business, the Law Committee recommended, and the council approved, property assessments for public improvements the Gardenwood Street Improvement Project will be assessed over a five-year period with no administrative fees. It could cost resident in the area at least $700 a year. It involves the area near the American Legion and around the city will have alternate transportation for walking and biking. With the completion there will be a loop from Russ Road, to State Route 118, to Gardenwood, to Russ and back. It would tie in the future to Broadway and Main Street.

The council also held an official Public Hearing on a Planning and Zoning change at the Marcos Pizza area property in the neighborhood of Memorial and East Main roads, which resulted in not approving the rezone to a general business and keeping the buffer Neighborhood Business zone.

Greenville City Council’s next regular meeting is set for July 1, at 7:30 p.m. at 100 Public Square.

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