Board looks at finance issues

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Concordia Board of Aldermen took up a pair of finance-related issues when they met in regular session Monday night.

The first dealt with the resolution of an on-going dispute between cell phone service provider T-Mobile and the city.

For years, T-Mobile and Concordia had been part of a mult-party lawsuit pending in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County. The plaintiffs, a group of cities, are suing to require cell service providers to pay business license taxes.

In an effort to end its part in the lawsuit, T-Mobile has agreed to a settlement in which it will pay Concordia its past due taxes.

City Administrator Dale Klussman said this amounts to more than $29,000.

"It is a windfall for the city," he said.

In addition to the settlement amount, which covers a period between 2005 and 2008, the deal will also include the release of additional funds held in a city account. Klussman said those funds, totaling nearly $14,000, were paid "under protest" by T-Mobile in recent years.

The board voted 3-0 in favor of accepting the terms of the settlement. Alderman Ke-vin Reinwald was not in attendance.

In other financial business, the board gave approval to the first reading of an ordinance that set the city's property tax levy for the coming year.

Under the provisions of the ordinance, the levy rate would be set at 53.34 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

"It's come down a little bit," Klussman said.

The board approved the first reading of the levy ordinance 3-0, but stopped short of actually approving the measure.

Instead, a public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 16 to allow the public a chance to express their opinions prior to final adoption of the ordinance.

Contact Chris Post at

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