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February 26, 2014

Tax collection contract OK’d by Carthage council

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage City Council on Tuesday night approved a new contract under which city tax collections are handled by the office of the county collector.

Carthage is among about 10 cities that contract with the county, said Lynn Campbell, city clerk. Charges for towns are listed on the county tax statement, along with school, fire and road district taxes. The arrangement allows a taxpayer to make a single payment, then taxes are paid to the individual taxing entitles by the county.

“We’ve used the county for about eight years,” Campbell said. “It’s easier for people because they can make just one stop, and they allow more payment methods, like credit cards.”

She said Steve Holt, Jasper County collector, recently drafted a new contract specifying that interest collected on past-due taxes also will go to the cities.

In other business, council members approved a motion from the Budget Ways and Means Committee adopting policies that will govern preparation of an city budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Tom Short, city administrator, said it appears that the budget will be similar to this year’s spending plan, “with no big increases or decreases.”

Packets that city department heads use for budget preparation were distributed Tuesday. A budget calendar has been approved, and the Budget Ways and Means Committee will review projects for the city’s five-year capital improvements plan at a meeting on March 10. Short said committee hearings are set for April 21, 23 and 24 to consider budget requests from city departments and outside agencies., with council action on the budget to come in June.

In other action, the council:

• Approved motions for car shows to be held March 22 on the courthouse square and April 26 at Kellogg Lake.

• Declared as surplus some office furniture owned by the Fire Department.

Police grant

THE CARTHAGE COUNCIL approved a motion accepting for the Carthage Police Department a grant of $19,061 from the Jasper County Law Enforcement Sales Tax Fund. The money will be used for purchases including a radar trailer, a stun gun and accessories, and police radios.

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