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Front Page August 15, 2017  RSS feed

Buffalo sets proposed 2017 tax rate at Rollback Rate

By Mac Shadix

In a Special Called Meeting for a budget workshop in the Buffalo Senior Center Monday night the Buffalo City Council considered postponing the adoption of the proposed 2017 tax rate until the regular meeting in two weeks mainly because they wanted to know what a down hole camera inspection of a city water well that will take place on Friday might bode in the way of extraordinary expenses if the casing has to be re- placed.

However, after a budgeting discussion about a possible longevity pay increase for city employees led by Council person Glen Hightower that might cost in the range of $21,000 a year and discussion about the uncertainty of legislation at the state level Hightower made a motion to set the proposed tax rate for 2017 at the Rollback Rater of .507157. This rate will raise $7,908.64 more than the effective rate would have raised. The total levy at the Roll Back Rate will be $450,007.86The motion passed without dissent. The currant rate is .500626. The proposed rate can be decreased but cannot be raised, City Secretary Debbie Waters told the council.

All members of the council were present for the discussion as well as City Secretary Debbie Waters and Police Chief Lance Pavelka. Citizens were notable by their complete absence.

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