Aldermen approve tax levy on real and personal property
During the Aug. 19 Concordia Board of Aldermen meeting, the board unanimously approved a tax levy for real and personal property tax for the 2019 tax year. The new levy will be $.5397 per $100 valuation.
According to documents presented by City Administrator Dale Klussman, the levy will increase dollar amounts in the general fund. For the 2018 tax year, real estate taxes generated $22,303,908 while personal property taxes generated $7,767,063. The new levy will add to those receipts, bringing in $22,591,869 in real estate tax revenue and $7,737,978 in personal property taxes. Total combined tax dollars in 2018 were $30, 070, 971. The estimated total for the current tax year is $30,329,847, or an increase of $258,876, with revenues estimated at $163,690.18.
The board also established a procedure to disclose potential conflicts of interest and substantial interests for certain officials. Related documents state that … “The proper operation of government requires that public officials and employees be independent, impartial and responsible to the people; that government decisions and policy be made in the proper channels of the government structure; that public office not be used for personal gain; and that the public have confidence in the integrity of its government.”
With these beliefs stated, the board approved procedures as follows:
All elected and appointed officials, as well as employees, must comply with Chapter 105 of Missouri Revised Statutes, and any other state laws, governing official conduct.
Any member of a governing body who has “substantial personal or private interest” in any measure, bill or ordinance proposed before such governing body must disclose that interest to the secretary or clerk, and such interest must be recorded in the appropriate journal of the governing body.
Substantial personal or private interest is defined as ownership by the individual, his (or her) spouse or dependent children, directly or indirectly of:
-10 percent or more of any business entity;
-An interest having a value of $10,000 or more; or
-The receipt of a salary, gratuity, or other compensation or remuneration of $5,000 or more, per year from any individual, partnership, organization, or association within any calendar year.
In other business, the board unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing McInley and Company to act the city’s independent registered municipal advisor to advertise for the private placement/direct purchase bids from financial institutions to provide finance for the city’s street through a tax-exempt personal property lease purchase agreement through a tax-exempt personal property lease purchase agreement in the principal amount of $250,000.
Alderman Dwight Emde presented a report from the Recreation Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Board held on Aug. 12,. In addition, Klussman passed out an overview of items related specifically to the July 15 meeting of the Board of Aldermen. Several points were presented, which included:
—Klussman had met with Brent Cooper, superintendent of the Concordia R-2 School District, concerning the per-game rate for use of the city sports complex fields. Cooper agreed to an increase form the current rate of $25 per game to $40 per game. These fees will not, however, apply to the I-70 tournaments or any state-related tournament.
—The Recreation Committee had discussed the pricing of participation rates for the city of Concordia. Currently, the Petite and Pee-Wee programs, which are city programs, are covering the expenses with the current rate ($25 for T-Ball and $30 for Pee-Wee). The committee agreed to keep the current rates in place.
—The Boy’s Little League fees currently are set at $60 for majors and minors, and $70 for intermediate, junior and senior participants. The expenses assigned to the Little League Program calculate to $60.78. The committee agreed to keep the current fees in place.
—The Little League Girls currently pay $60 for majors and minors, and $70 for juniors and seniors. The cost of the program this year was approximately $80.75. The reports stated the league was unable to field a team and lost eight players who had originally shown interest in playing. The committee said they had seen a desire among several participants to join travel leagues. The committee would like to keep the Little League Girls’ fees as is for this year to see if the league can find additional interested players.
—The committee discussed tournament play and associated costs. A quick reference of expenses since the beginning of tournament play shows approximate costs of just over $12, 382. The revenues assigned to tournament play, according to Klussman, were $1,990.41. Though the costs involved in tournaments surprised some, the committee would like to try to attract more tournaments to come and use the sports complex.
The board went into closed executive session for personnel purposes. No action was taken during the closed session.