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Corrrigan approves lower tax rates
BY LEW VAIL
CORRIGAN — The Corrigan City Council met Tuesday, September 17 to adopt the budget and set a new tax rate. Council adopted the budget for 2013-14 and ratifi ed the tax rate as 45.51 cents per $100, which is lower than the prior year at 48.81 cents. The new rate will generate enough funds to cover the budget amounts. The ordinance sets the maintenance and operation at 24.38 cents and an additional 21.13 for debt service (interest & sinking taxes for a total rate of 45.51 cents. The council authorized David Waxman's consulting fi rm to go forward with the Plant Road Project, to rebuild and upgrade the road to state highway standards. Randy Blanks, a representative of the fi rm, explained the best plan would be to allow the county to bid the entire job and allow the city to use their disaster grant funds to pay for the work. Doing so would eliminate holding separate hearings and bid openings and most likely result in signifi cant savings. The Plant Road sewer project is completed and ready for fi nal payment. Betty Russo, representing the Polk County Economic Industrial Development Group, a non-profi t entity that does not receive funding from sales taxes, presented a program on recent business visitors and possible long-term developments for the Corrigan area. She cited the need for confi dentiality when discussing these plans because many potential buyers and developers are cautious not to tip their hand too soon when seeking land for a project. The Fire Department reported a very busy month with a total of 27 calls — two structure fi res, a vehicle fi re, eight grass fi res, four vehicle accidents — three requiring jaws extraction, six recalls to various fi res, one medical assistance, life fl ight, mutual aid and a controlled burn. The burn ban is now in effect and could cure many problems. The fi re department asked everyone to check their automatic fi re reporting equipment to assure they work properly. False announced alarms are occurring too often and it not only wastes resources, but could cause slow responses to real fi res. The police department reported arresting 14 people, issuing 489 citations and answering 276 other calls for service. They performed 741 building checks and worked 31 cases sending six to the Polk County District Attorney's offi ce for prosecution. The new Chevrolet cars are assembled in Australia and may not arrive for another two or three months. The used cars from Hallesville are due Thursday, Sept. 19. The city manager's report indicated that the park committee met and will have a sign for the park location at MLK and 5th Street made and donated by The Print Shack in Diboll. The city continues to apply crack sealer to the Rayburn Hills roads. Council voted to employ Mike Cody as the building inspector, in addition to his regular job. It will be a pay-bythe- job position. He is in training and will be certifi ed by the Oct. 1 starting date.