The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 15, 2012

Carthage council advances proposed property levy

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A proposed property levy advanced by the Carthage City Council will be the subject of final action after a public hearing set for Aug. 28.

The proposed tax rate reviewed by the council on Tuesday would grow by less than a cent — to 75.34 cents per $100 assessed valuation, from 75.17 cents this year.

The new rate would translate to an increase of about 32 cents on the property tax bill of a homeowner with property valued at $100,000. The city tax is assessed only on real estate, and not on personal property such as cars.

The levy is estimated to generate more than $868,000 on property within the city that has an assessed value of nearly $115.3 million.

The city’s general fund would receive the largest share of revenue generated by the tax, estimated at $402,349, followed by the library fund, $200,886; the parks and recreation fund, $173,571; and the public health fund, $91,551.

The rates could change with additional information from the Jasper County assessor’s office, and the levy is subject to review by the Missouri state auditor’s office.

In other action Tuesday, the council approved a resolution that will return Carthage and other member cities to the original provisions of a Home Investment Partnership Consortium Agreement.

Tom Short, city administrator, said the pact authorizes an agreement among Carthage and 11 other communities concerning competition for federal Community Development Block Grant funds for housing projects. Communities a year ago agreed to let all available funds go to Joplin in the wake of the May 22, 2011, tornado. The resolution reinstates an agreement in place earlier that allows competition among all communities, with Joplin as the lead entity, Short said.

In other business, the council:

• Heard a report from Mark Elliff, executive director of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, on economic development efforts.

• Advanced the addition of Chestnut Street, from River Street east to the city limits, to the city truck route.

• Adopted provisions of the 2006 International Fire Code; previously, a 1996 code had been in effect.

• Approved Mayor Mike Harris’ appointment of Gary Keene to the Civil War Museum Board.


AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING that attracted no comments, the Carthage council advanced the voluntary annexation of three properties on Virginia Street west of Highway 571. The annexation was requested by Julie Sparks, Donald Thrasher, and Sid and Mary Lou Teel.