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Poth council proposes tax-rate decrease
According to Poth Mayor Travis Pruski, the city will lower its property-tax rate again, for the eighth year out of the past nine.
Pruski said after the Aug. 19 budget workshop and regular Poth City Council meeting that the proposed rate for the coming fiscal year will be 25.30 cents per $100 of appraised value; last year’s rate was 26.10 cents. This will be on the agenda for council approval during its September meeting, Pruski said.
The average taxable value of a home in Poth in 2012 was $103,749; tax bills for such a property were approximately $270.78. Based on information from the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a home in Poth this year is $104,294. At the proposed rate, taxes on such a property will be approximately $263.86, a savings of $6.92.
Pruski said the city’s total general fund will increase from $601,000 to $621,000, with the increase coming from sales-tax revenues. The council proposes no increases in sewer or refuse rates.
Base water rates in Poth will remain at 3,000 gallons; however, the city will charge an increase of $1 per 1,000 gallons over the base rate. This will mainly affect people who water their grass, Pruski said.
“We are still 25 percent less than the state average,” he added.
The city anticipates its water work fund to increase from $775,000 to $832,000.
A public hearing preceded the regular council meeting. No one opposed the request by Ashley Boenker for a specific-use permit to establish a child-care center in a residential district, near the elementary school, Pruski said. The council approved the request in the meeting that followed the public hearing.
In other matters, the council:
•Approved a water connection for a private line north of Poth on F.M. 541 for a single family home.
•Approved the water, sewer, and refuse rates as discussed during the workshop before the meeting.
•Approved the Poth Economic Development Corp.’s guidelines for Railroad Park Christmas card project.
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