As the cost of many things continue to rise, one thing that won’t be in 2013 is the tax rate on real and personal property in the city of Hannibal.
The City Council gave first reading to a bill that keeps the tax rate at $1.1414 per $100 assessed valuation, the same as in 2012. The Council’s action followed a public hearing on the topic.
According to Doug Warren, the city’s finance director, the city’s tax rate is set by the state auditor’s office.
The value of real and personal property in the city has increased in the past year. Real property has gone up by just over $3 million, or 1.89 percent. Personal property has increased by just over $1 million, or 2 percent.
City Manager Jeff LaGarce said it was hoped that property values would have increased enough that the tax rate might have actually dropped. That, however, was not the case.
In other business:
• A final change order worth $25,397 was approved to close out the Stardust Extension Project.
It was noted the change order includes a significant reduction due to the fact that the new cable company agreed to relocate its infrastructure at no cost to the city or the contractor. That represented a savings of $10,000.
The original estimate for the Stardust project was $140,000 for engineering and $1,283,125 for construction. The final cost will be $80,405 for engineering and $1,025,404 for construction, which represents a savings of $317,315 from the original budgets.
• The mayor was authorized to sign credit and debit card acceptance agreements with Convenient Payments LLC. This will allow the collector’s office and Parks Department to continue accepting credit and debit card payments from customers, who beginning next month will pay an additional “convenience fee” once the GovTeller program is implemented.
• Final reading was given a commercial land lease agreement with Survival Flight, Inc., for the installation and operation of an air ambulance service at Hannibal Regional Airport.
• Second and final reading was given a bill authorizing a contract between the city and Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for funding of a crack-seal project at the airport.
• Approval of street closures was given the Grab It By the Horns organization, which plans a parade on Monday, Sept. 30, in conjunction with the Paint Hannibal Pink in October promotion.
• Mayor Roy Hark announced the city recently received the 2013 Paragon Award for Leadership in the Arts from the Hannibal Arts Council. Hark stressed the award is intended for every city department.
• The following board appointments were approved: James Mitchell to the Landmarks and Monument Board for a term to expire in January, 2016; Susan Wathen to the Board of Public Works to fill an unexpired term that expires in January, 2016.
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