Public hearing set for proposed city budget
DeSoto City Council members will hear from the public regarding the city's 2001 proposed budget at a public hearing, 7:30 p.m Thursday.
Among the things council members proposed for the coming year is the elimination of one position in the city's street department. Doing away with the position would save the city approximately $30,000 a year. City Administrator Gerald Cooper said at a budget workshop last month that the money saved could be used for road resurfacing projects.
The proposed budget also includes funds for a parks and recreation manager. The position would cost the city about $30,000 a year. Council members said during the workshop they hoped the new employee would create recreational programs that would generate enough money to fund the position.
Council members are also expected to set a date for a public hearing on a tax abatement request for Mr. Goodcents Inc.
The restaurant company plans to build a training facility in DeSoto,along the K-10 corridor and representatives have asked the city for a 10-year tax abatement.
According to the request, the abatement would start at 100 percent the first year and decrease incrementally to 50 percent over the next 10 years.
New franchise owners and employees of the company would use the training facility.
Also at the meeting, council members will discuss a request by resident Karen Rodgers to waive $5,719 in excise tax that she is required to pay to build a home on a piece of land on Renner Road.
According to Rodgers, she first approached the city for a building permit in the summer of 1996, before the current administration and staff were in office.
Rodgers said she was told at that time that she could not build on the property because sewer lines were not available and the city was no longer allowing septic tanks within the city limits.
Rodgers has since learned that was incorrect and she should have been allowed to build at that time, she said.
Since that time, the property became a part of a benefit district and Rodgers was told she would have to pay the excise tax before she would be issued a building permit.
Rodgers contends she should not have to pay the tax because it would not have been applicable to her if she had been allowed to build when she had originally requested.
Council members heard from Rodgers and her attorney at the last council meeting, but tabled the issue to allow them more time to look over related documents.
In other business, the council will:
consider an ordinance for the moving of large structures through the city.
consider bids for the new city hall renovation project.