Childersburg to discuss tax increase to improve streets
by Bill Kimber
Feb 19, 2014 | 642 views |  0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CHILDERSBURG – City leaders will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 4, to discuss raising sales taxes by 1 cent to improve city streets.

Council members decided Tuesday evening to have the hearing immediately following their next meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

“The roads are getting in real bad shape,” said Mayor B.J. Meeks, making his first appearance at a City Council meeting since he was sidelined in early January by surgery for stomach cancer.

Council members started talking in September about raising the city’s sales tax from 3 cents to 4, which would increase the total levy in Childersburg from 8 cents to 9. State and county sales taxes make up the rest.

Meeks said in September that he would advocate limiting the increase to three years, during which he expects it would raise about $1.2 million for street repairs and improvements.

The discussion began when a resident of Killough Heights spoke to the council to discuss rough roads in her neighborhood.

Also Tuesday night, Meeks reappointed Charlie Woodruff and the Rev. Willie Frazier to the city’s planning commission and Lisa Morris to the housing authority board.

The council appointed George Kraft and reappointed Carla Bates and Marvin Rochelle to the industrial development board, and appointed new Councilwoman Angie Twymon as liaison to the historic preservation commission, senior center and library.

The council also:

Adopted a resolution declaring the city’s 1979 Jaco fire engine as surplus.

Approved hiring Maisie Slaughter and Jacob Tubbs in the fire department, to be paid with funds from a Department of Homeland Security grant through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program.

Approved spending $9,650 to install a backup generator at R.S. Limbaugh Community Center.

The council’s regular meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at city hall.

Contact Bill Kimber at bkimber@dailyhome.com