Council addresses numerous items at September meeting
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In a lengthy Zoom meeting, in addition to the possible property tax hike, the Jasper council discussed what could be done with this area along Main. While some contractors scoffed at the plans to make this into a “plaza” for dining, Council Member Kirk Raffield said now is the time to make downtown Jasper into a destination.
In preparing for a vote that could lead to a 56 percent tax increase, Jasper Mayor Steve Lawrence wanted it clearly stated, they may not raise property taxes that much. The council will get into the heart of the budget in October but they need to advertise a millage now to meet state requirements.
The Jasper Council is advertising a possible jump in their tax rate from 4.655 mills to 6.78 mills and the date for public hearings on the need to increase revenue. City Manager Brandon Douglas said that the budget process is a case of “cart before the horse.”
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