Alderman speak out against proposed tax increase

Alderman spoke out against a 0.6-mill increase during the Guy City Council meeting Monday night.

 

“I think we need to tighten our belts in other places before we raise taxes in the city,” Alderman Joey Glover said.

During the regularly scheduled Sept. 11 city council meeting, alderman discussed the benefits of raising the city’s taxes by 0.6 mills.

Guy’s current millage rate is 2.2 mills, which is less than half the maximum allowed and one of the lower city millage rates within Faulkner County.

City millage rates cap at 5 mills. If the Guy Cit Council votes in favor of the increase, which would go into affect Jan. 1, 2018, the city’s millage rate would be 2.8 mills.

Mayor Sam Higdon said the increase was needed to accommodate for money the city no longer has.

Several alderman expressed a distaste in raising taxes “without taking it to the people.”

“I’d rather bring in a sales tax and take it to the people,” Alderman Davey Stephens said during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Because the city now features a “stable police force,” Stephens said Guy should see a turn-around from the declining revenues it was faced with.

Chris Humphrey was appointed as the city’s police chief May 8. That same day, alderman also unanimously approved hiring Patrolman Michael Alsup, bringing the city’s police force up to three officers. Sr. Cpl. Steven Rayburn is the city’s third officer.

Alderman Robert Rice questioned this statement, asking if the city should always depend on the police department to bring in revenue it depends on.

“Will we be able to keep a stable police force without doing more for them,” he asked of council members.

Rice said he wanted to see more money going back into the city’s police department.

“I’d only be OK with [a millage increase] if we invest in our community,” he said.

To be effective, alderman must approve the proposed increase in November.

In other business, the Guy City Council discussed the status of the proposed library and community center as well as a proposed yard sale ordinance, which will both be discussed further during the Nov. 13 meeting.

Jackson Brown Palculict Architects backed out of it’s plans with the city in creating a public library, so the city is faced with working out a deal with the company or seeking a new architect.

The yard sale ordinance, which will also be further discussed at the council’s next meeting, addresses limitations on the number of times residents can host yard sales within city limits.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at city hall.

 

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