The Paris City Council will hold their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.
If you’re looking for lots of action, the new TV season might be more alluring because City Council members have an agenda with only three new items to take action on. They will also face unfinished business, committee reports and comments from the public.
The most important item is an ordinance setting real estate taxes to be collected in 2019. That’s always considered by City Council members in October.
“The city passes this ordinance every October to set what property taxes we will collect for the next year. I do not foresee any changes,” said Mayor of Paris Daniel Rogers.
Residents of Paris pay 1.8 mills to general fund and .4 mills to the fireman’s retirement fund. That’s a total of 2.2 mills.
The City Council is also expected to act on a resolution about a new company that has located to Paris.
“We will consider a resolution endorsing participation in tax back program for Big River Roller Manufacturing. Rogers said. “The Arkansas Economic Development Commission wants the local governing body to pass a resolution showing their support for the company that wants to participate in the tax back program. It will allow them to be exempt from sales tax for certain kinds of qualifying manufacturing equipment purchased.”
And finally, the City Council will consider a request from Sebatian County.
“We will discuss the Regional Crisis Stabilization Unit,” Rogers said. “Sebastian County Judge David Hudson has ask the counties and cities in the Sebastian County Mental Health Catchment Area to enter into an interlocal agreement with the counties and cities in the six counties served. The mental health unit is in Fort Smith and the idea would be to send those with mental illnesses to the mental health unit in Fort Smith instead of sending them to the county jail. I’ve been told most of the cities and counties have already passed an ordinance allowing the mayors or judges to join the interlocal agreement. I will look at this further before the meeting.”