City of Marshall schedules public hearing for tax levy

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

During a regular Marshall City Council meeting held on Monday evening, July 19, Councilman Kirk Arends shared a few tax updates.

“The sales tax is currently up year-to-date by $134,842.82 compared to the same timeframe as last year,” he said. “The use tax is up year-to-date by $19,600.55 compared to the same time as last year. On the budget committee side, we will be meeting again this week at least once, if not twice, to start fine tuning the numbers. We have a lot of wants and needs through all our different departments, with very limited revenue.”

Nonetheless, Arends indicated the committee will work to bring a balanced budget forward.

For discussion and appropriate follow up, Mayor Julie Schwetz mentioned setting a public hearing for the 2021-2022 tax levy.

“The purpose of the public hearing is to give citizens the opportunity to be heard on the property tax rate proposed to be set by the city council — the city of Marshall — of political subdivision,” she said. “The tax rate shall be set to reduce the revenues for the budget of the fiscal year beginning Oct. 21 of 2021 shows to be required from the property tax. Each tax is determined by dividing the amount of revenue required by the current assessed valuation, the result is multiplied by 100 — so the tax rate will be expressed in cents per $100 valuation. The tax levy doesn’t come from the state until later. It’ll probably be September or October, but we’re going to go ahead and set the tax levy and the tax levy hearing so we can utilize the figures, which the budget committee is in the process of working on.”

Schwetz noted the proposal to set the tax levy public hearing appeared to be Monday, Aug. 16. The council unanimously approved Aug. 16 as the set date for the public hearing.

Councilman Dan Brandt reported on the crack and seal, which the Marshall Municipal Services started last Thursday, July 15.

“They’re knocking it out real quick, but this is just prior to the slurry program, and they’ll be coming in pretty soon to do the slurry,” he explained. “Then any additional crack seals, we’ll have them come back and do (a) layer.”

In addition to the street projects, the aircraft activity for the month of June included the following:

— 78 Single Eng. Prop Turbine

— 6 Single Eng. Prop Turbine

— 212 Student pr Training

— 72 Ag Spray Planes Gas

— 128 Ag Spray Planes Turbine

— 2 Helicopter

— 8 Jet

In June 2020, the monthly total was 561, but June 2021’s total was 506.

There was nothing reported for Twin Eng. Prop Gas or Twin Eng. Prop Turbine. The overall 100LL fuel sold was 815.52 and for Jet A was 1,949.18.

For June’s solid waste report, total tons was 869.76, which was above May’s total tons, at 734.98.

During the meeting, Brandt took the time to recognize the Municipal Services department.

“I want to thank the Municipal Services department for their work last week and prior to that on getting this town cleaned up and getting the residents taken care of after we had the big rains,” he said.

Brandt also made a reminder the special curbside event ended on Friday, July 16.

“We are back to normal pickup curbside, which is either four cans or eight bags,” he noted. “If you do have any large item or large volume needs, you’ll have to contact (the) Municipal Services office at 886-3945 and they’ll work with you on trying to get that taken care of.”

Lastly, the city council went over the second reading for the proposed ordinance for the registration of abandoned and/or vacant properties in Marshall.

“This ordinance is not just about vacant properties,” Councilman Leon Thompson said. “This ordinance is intended to help clean up some of our problem buildings and properties that are in town. It not only has to be vacant, but it also has to meet other conditions.”

He then proceeded to read off the conditions, which were included in the ordinance:

1. Is unsecured

2. Is fire damaged to an extent which prohibits safe human occupancy

3. Is the site of loitering or vagrancy

4. Demonstrates a lack of property maintenance and upkeep as evidenced by one or more violations of the city codes

“It’s got to meet at least two of those categories and be vacant for 90 days,” Leon Thompson added. “So it’s more than just being a vacant property.”

After some discussion, Arends asked if anyone had received additional public comments. Councilman Robert Ashford stated he received questions regarding the conditions, which Leon Thompson already read.

Once the discussion was over, the council unanimously approved the second reading for the vacant property ordinance.

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