Property tax rates lower in proposed ordinance
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Sep 09, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cadiz City Council had first readings of two ordinances that would have property tax rates slightly lower than they were in previous years when they met last Tuesday evening at Cadiz City Hall.

Cadiz City Council members heard the first reading of the city property tax rate Tuesday that sets the 2009 tax at 26.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers said the personal property tax rate will be 31.7 cents per $100 of assessed property.

The 2009 total property value assessment in Cadiz amounted to $121,745, with real estate values totaling $95,969,000, added Rogers.

The city council also heard the first reading of the motor vehicle tax rate, which will remain at 26.2 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, a rate it has been at for several years, according to Rogers.

In other business, the city council had a first reading for a resolution that would award the city’s five-year gas contract to Atmos Gas, which has been the contractor for many years.

Cadiz City Council Member Susan Bryant said she opposes the agreement because of the 1 percent fee that will be assessed on all customers and will be returned to the city.

Additionally, one Cadiz resident Hattie Hammertree, who lives on Sunset Circle, complained about the state of her next-door neighbor’s yard, which she said was at least 2 and a half feet tall in places. She also said that although her vision is poor, she was certain there were snakes hiding in that yard.

Hammertree asked council members to make sure the property is kept clean by the owners. Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey and Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler told Hammertree that they will address the problem.

Fowler also said that people have given him overwhelmingly positive feeback on the sidewalk renovation that was part of Safe Routes to Schools. He also said that with regard to the city’s water meter project, more than 1,000 water meters have been installed, and that he hopes to have every water meter changed out by the end of the year.
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