by Clay Herrmann
The Public Comment Opportunity allowed after the BOD meeting is not currently televised,
nor is it included in the city YouTube archive … but is available here:
City Directors unanimously agreed with Interim City Manager Bill Burrough request to remove three items of new business proposing new Ad Valorem Property Taxes for city property owners from the November 3, 2015 agenda. The proposals were identified as items 17, 18, & 19 under “New Business” in the published agenda:
17. Consider Resolution No. R-15-178 A Resolution Levying ___ Mills Of Ad Valorem Taxes For The General Fund
18. Consider Resolution No. R-15-179 A Resolution Levying ___ Mills Of Ad Valorem Taxes For The Purpose of Paying Fire Officers Pensions.
19. Consider Resolution No. R-15-180 A Resolution Levying ___ Mills Of Ad Valorem Taxes For The Purpose of Paying Police Officers Pensions.
Reasons for the removal were not publicly stated at the meeting by Mr. Burrough or any other city staff. Citizen comments, however, included speculation that the proposed property tax levies would come after completion of the city’s current annexation efforts, suggesting that there would be less opposition by annexed property owners to annexation if new property taxes were not levied concurrent with annexation.
In other business, retiring Police Chief David Flory addressed the Board and participated in presentation of a prestigious Police Department accreditation. Also participating in the presentation were J.R. Wilson, Hope Police Chief and President of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, and Gary Sipes, retired Jacksonville Police Chief and Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation Program Director.