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City tax rate dips, service fees climb
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TRINITY – While Trinity’s city tax rate will decline during the coming year, fees for water, sewer and garbage services will all increase. During last week’s meeting of the Trinity City Council, a tax rate of .7149 cents per $100 in value was set. According to City Manager Buddy Drake, the council adopted the “effective tax rate,” which is the rate the city would need to collect about the same amount as last year’s rate of .7699 cents. The effective tax rate was less than last year’s actual rate because property values within the city have gone up. While the city does not expect to collect much in the way of additional tax income during the coming year, it will increase other revenue though additional charges to those who use water, sewer and garbage services. Under the plan, the basic “minimum” rates for water and sewer will not be changed. City residents who use 2,000 gallons or less water per month will continue to pay only $20 for water and $9.50 for sewer service. Those that use above 2,000 gallons of water per month will pay $3 per 1,000 gallons on their water bill and $2 per 1,000 gallons on their sewer bill. This is up from $2.75 and $1.75 per 1,000 gallons, respectively. For trash collection services, the city will increase its residential fees from $10.95 per month up to $12.95. Commercial customers will pay an additional $2 per month across the board, regardless of the size of dumpster or the number of pickups made per week. The money will be used to fund a fiscal year 2012 budget projected at about $3.35 million. The new budget is scheduled to be adopted on Sept. 19 and will go into effect on Oct. 1. During the meeting held Sept. 8, the council also approved a plat submitted by Beth Newton of Huntsville. Newton plans to develop an area with seve3n modular homes off South Street on the south side of Highway 94. The council also accepted the annual audit report presente3d by Kenneth Davis of Huntsville. The auditor presented an “unqualified” report on the city finances, which is the best possible rating.