Council objecting to former residents laying claim to tax refunds
by Hawkins Teague
Jan 15, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With little on the agenda at last week’s Cadiz City Council agenda, members spent a few minutes expressing their dissatisfaction with the courts that have allowed former city residents to collect back taxes from the city.

City Clerk Lisa Rogers said that a man who had originally opted out of the class-action lawsuit against the city had become sick and that his family had talked him into filing for his back taxes, which the city granted him. Rogers said that although there had been a deadline for joining the class-action suit, residents of the de-annexed subdivisions could hire an attorney at any time to get their back taxes.

While most of the council members expressed general displeasure with this scenario, Susan Bryant, in particular, was annoyed with the court.

“If the court’s not going to go by its own rules, the city doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on.

During his monthly report, Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said that the bids for phase two of the water and sewer extensions at Industrial Park No. 3 are coming up (the bid invitation is advertised in this week’s Cadiz Record).

The only action taken was a vote on a grant that Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar submitted to the Delta Regional Authority. She said that the DRA awards grants for economic development grant for depressed regions of the Delta, and that they were geared toward “promoting entrepreneurship.” She said she had submitted an application for $2 million and that Trigg County was right on the edge of the area that the DRA considers for grants, although Christian County is included.

Councilmember Frankie Phillips asked where the money would be used if the city received any of it, since he was concerned that most of the money the city receives goes downtown. Sholar said would most likely be used somewhere downtown because “downtown’s where the vacancies are.” She said, though, that the grant proposal had stipulated that although it was intended for the downtown commercial district, it would not be restricted. If the city were to receive the grant, no matching funds would be required, Sholar said.

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