New tax rate approved

By Lew Vail

CORRIGAN -- A 2017 tax rate of $0.513 per $100 in assessed value was approved last week by the Corrigan City Council during their August meeting.

City Manager Darrian Hudman requested rate to support the city's new budget. It includes $0.406 to support the maintenance and operation fund and $0.107 for the interest and sinking fund, which covers the city's annual debt. Council approved the rate without comment.

Mayor Pro Tem Earlie C. Baldwin chaired the meeting. Mayor Johnna Gibson and Johnnie Mae Brooks were absent.
Hudman, in the absence of Police Chief Darrell Gibson, described the "demo" Tahoe police package vehicle available to the department.

They will trade in one of the troublesome Chevrolet Caprices, purchased several years ago when the Ford Ltd. became unavailable. Council approved the lease purchase agreement.

After a brief discussion, council voted to engage Linebarger Coggan Blair and Sampson, LLP for collecting the city's delinquent taxes. This does not cost the city, as they will receive their payment from the state-mandated penalty funds applied to these accounts. Council then voted to sever their contract with McCreary, Veselka, Bragg and Allen, P.C., which had been their collection agency.

Municipal Court Judge L. Wayne Yankie reported only one alcohol-related case in July, with 48 misdemeanor cases, one city ordinance violation, and 699 traffic violations adjudicated.

Yankie reported that he now has a warrant officer working half time and so far, he has been very productive in serving process on wanted subjects. To date, it has cleared up 57 open cases.

The police department made 32 arrests, issued 1,237 citations, responded to 216 calls for service and performed 1,341 building checks. A total of 18 new cases were worked and 26 were forwarded to Polk County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. There also were four accidents with no fatalities.

Council approved the minutes from the July meeting and reviewed the financial reports for that period.

During items from council, councilmember Michael Nobles informed Hudman that even though he had been told the garbage placed in his existing bin would be collected, it has not been done. He was told by the garbage collector they would not pick it up from the container. Hudman said he would get it ironed out with the management at Piney Woods Sanitation.