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Hebron Estates won’t raise property tax rate

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By Stephen Thomas

 HEBRON ESTATES - Residents in the city of Hebron Estates will not see an increase in their taxes.

The city commission agreed to keep ad valorem tax rates the same this year during their August business meeting.

City attorney Mark Edison said last year’s real property tax rate was set at 9.2 cents per $100 of property.

According to Edison, a compensating rate, allowing the city to collect the same amount as last year, would need to be increased up to 9.33 cents. However, a maximum rate the city could increase the rate by law was set at 9.238 cents.

The council agreed on the same rate.

A public service tax rate also remained the same this year, set by the commission at 10 cents per $100.

In other business:

- It took two meetings but the commission has agreed on services to replace a sign located in front of the community center.

The commission accepted a bid by Bill Riley Construction, along with services for welding and the sign itself.

Due to an error in pricing numbers, a special meeting was soon held to correct the original motion.

A number originally estimated at $460, as presented during the regular meeting, was actually supposed to be $4,466. The commission rescinded the initial vote, agreeing to a motion with the corrected figures.

Mayor Jerry Clark presented the sign’s design plans offered by Stewart Signs.

The commission also accepted a bid by Bill Riley Construction for $2,100 to complete the brick and frame work around the new sign, subject to a 10 percent increase or decrease pertaining to parts and labor.

- The commission set a new rate for mayoral compensation.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the mayor’s position will include payment of $350 per month.

- The next meeting of the Hebron Estates city commission takes place Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., at the city’s community center. The public is invited to attend.