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The Carthage Press
  • Levy, debt refinancing, on council agenda

  • The final public hearing on the city property tax levy in Carthage will be held at Tuesday’s Carthage City Council meeting.
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  • The final public hearing on the city property tax levy in Carthage will be held at Tuesday’s Carthage City Council meeting.
    The city’s levy will go up by 17 cents per $100 of assessed valuation from $75.17 to $75.34 on real estate in Carthage in the coming year.
    The increase is expected to raise the property taxes by only 34 cents on a home valued at $100,000 in 2013.
    City Administrator Tom Short said the city’s assessed valuation changed by less than a quarter of a percentage point from $114,947,850 in 2011 to $115,253,144 in 2012.
    Short said the city’s levy has remained flat for a few years because of flat or declining property values.
    The agenda for Tuesday also includes final approval for redesignating East Chestnut Street from River Street to the east Carthage city limits as a truck route.
    Short said officials with Leggett and Platt and another trucking firm say trucks have to use East Chestnut to get to some lots near the Leggett and Platt wire mill on River Street.
    In recent months, trucks turning right from Chestnut to River Street have damaged the historic columns at the entrance to Carter Park on that corner.
    Leggett and Platt has paid to have the columns repaired each of the two previous times this has happened.
    The Carthage City Council’s Public Services Committee is discussing the possibility of moving the columns to another location, although a final decision has not been made.
    The columns are historically significant because they used to stand on Central Avenue at the entrance to the historic Cassill Place addition just west of the railroad overpass.
    The columns were removed and installed at Carter Park when Central Avenue was widened into a main thoroughfare.
    In new business, the council will consider whether to refinance revenue bonds and certificates of participation in order to take advantage of lower interest rates and save money in the long run.
    The council will also consider a resolution authorizing the use of city fire equipment and the fire station by Missouri Southern State University’s fire fighting classes, which meet at the Carthage Tech Center.
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