No tax hike on horizon for Surgoinsville property owners

Jeff Bobo • May 15, 2007 at 11:42 AM

SURGOINSVILLE - Surgoinsville will likely survive this year's budget process without a property tax increase, but it might cost more for people who get caught breaking the law from now on.

The Surgoinsville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously Monday in favor of the first reading of the 2007-08 fiscal year budget, keeping the tax rate at the previous year's $1.15.

As initially approved Monday, the proposed budget was at a deficit of slightly more than $2,000. But a later action by the BMA eliminated that deficit and created a budget surplus of about $6,200.

The BMA also approved an ordinance on first reading to increase its municipal court costs by $23 from $46.25 to $69.25.

City Recorder Sherri Minor said the budget is anticipating about 30 municipal citations per month, which would generate $8,200 in new revenue.

There are expected to be other revisions to the budget before it achieves final approval.

Minor noted that she hasn't yet received a figure on the town's state-shared sales tax revenue for the upcoming fiscal year, so she entered last year's figure as a starting point.

In other business Monday the BMA:

•Approved an ordinance setting term limits for Mayor Johnny Greer's appointments to the Planning Commission. Aldermen Bobby Jarnagin and Don Thurman will serve as BMA representatives on the Planning Commission during their term of office, as well as appointees Ken Bass, whose term expires July 1, 2007; Ron Cook, whose term expires July 1, 2008; Larry Dykes, whose term expires July 1, 2010; and Hugh Kyle Johnson, whose term expires July 1, 2011.

•Approved an ordinance that gives the mayor the authority to appoint a designee to the Planning Commission in his place. Jarnagin was named the mayor's designee.

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