PAXTON — The Paxton City Council had its first look at the annual tax levy ordinance.
City Attorney Ross Sorensen said the numbers will be somewhat different when the council votes on it next month as Comptroller Julie Burgess has not yet signed off on it.
The proposed levy of $694,000 would represent a tax rate of $1.51 per $100 assessed value on an estimated $46 million total assessed value. Last year's rate was $1.29 on a total assessment of about $200,000 less.
The main increase in this year's levy over last year's is $65,000 in the retirement/pension fund. Sorensen said that's because last year the city had money on hand in that fund and must replenish it this year.
Also the council approved the Knights of Columbus request to do fundraising at two intersections on Sept. 20 and 21. Tony Lee, representing the group, asked why the firemen had been allowed to stand in two state highway intersections for their Fill the Boot Labor Day campaign.
Mayor Bill Ingold said this year the firemen didn't ask permission and would need to follow the rules next year.
Bob Kingren, a fireman attending the meeting, apologized and assured the council the firemen will comply next time.
Lee said the Knights will try to contact the state transportation department to see if they would be allowed to sell candy at the U.S. 45 intersections.