Palmyra City Council members officially approved two sales tax ballot proposals, looking ahead to sharing the intent of the issues with voters before the April election.

Palmyra City Council members officially approved two sales tax ballot proposals, looking ahead to sharing the intent of the issues with voters before the April election.

City Attorney Chase Hickman provided the second reading of two bills to council members and fellow city officials Thursday, Nov. 17, outlining what each ballot proposal would look like. The capitol improvement proposal would replace the existing 1/4-cent capital improvement sales tax with a new 1/2-cent sales tax, while the transportation sales tax proposal would enact a 1/4-cent sales tax for transportation projects. Mayor Loren Graham had previously mentioned that the resulting 1/2-cent sales tax increase would essentially replace the recently repealed 1/2-cent Highway 36 TDD tax, and the funds would help with needed projects like citywide storm water improvements and infrastructure work.

Council members Nathan Miller and Ken Sheputis discussed ways to reach out to fellow community members about the proposals with Hickman and Graham, who noted that no advertisements could be made, and Hickman said city funds could not be used. Sheputis suggested that a public forum could be an effective way to share information and answer questions.

In other business:

Graham announced that a resolution for the Tuesday, April 3 election. In addition to the sales tax proposals, a council member's seat from each of the city's three wards will be up for election: the members whose terms are ending are Jeff Merkel, Josh Smith and Andrew Salsman. Graham said the filing dates for the seats will be from from Tuesday, Dec. 12 to Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Graham announced an agreement with PyroGraphics to establish a separate website for the municipal court and create a link to the city's website. Hickman said legal operating procedures required the court's website and office to be separate from other city entities. The website development budget totaled $950, and annual website maintenance and backups will be $180.

Board of Public Works Superintendent Brent Abell said crews would begin setting up the city's downtown Christmas light display Monday, Nov. 20, and the lights would be glowing the day after Thanksgiving.

City council members and officials adjourned into a closed session to discuss real estate issues.

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