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Council Approves ‘Slight’ Tax Increase In Kennard

By Alton Porter
Courier Reporter
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The Kennard City Council voted without discussion to approve its 2016 property tax rate and proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2016-2017 at a council meeting on Monday, Sept. 12.

The city council set the tax rate at 26.2675 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation, and that rate is "a slight increase" of little more than one and a half cents over last year's rate of 24.5711 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation, according to Kennard Mayor Jesse Stephens.

Alderperson Mary Ann Davis offered the motion to approve the rate, and the motion was seconded by Alderperson Donald Lamb Sr. The motion adopting the rate was unanimously approved on a vote by the city's five alderpersons.

In bringing the budget up to be voted on by the alderpersons, Stephens said, "We've got a budget for the city and utility for next year. It's pretty basic. We tried to factor in the fire department expenditures we're going to have next year when we won't have any income coming in (to the fire department from the Houston County Emergency Service District #2). Hopefully it will work out. It's really nice to have sales tax coming in from the Family Dollar store."

Lamb made a motion to approve the budget as presented, and the motion was seconded by Alderperson G.M. McClinton before being unanimously approved by the council.

Kennard City Administrator Mike Deckard said the city has two separate categories for its budget: a water and sewer utility category and a "city budget" category.

He said officials project $144,000 in revenue and an equal amount in expenses in this year's water and sewer utility budget and $24,500 in revenue and expenses in the FY 2016-2017 city budget. Therefore, the city's budget for the upcoming year is balanced, according to Deckard.