Council members also talk about refinancing bonds, charter review during Monday's work session.
- Joe Scott
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Florissant City Council members received good financial news and discussed reducing one a tax as a result. During a Monday work session, Finance Director Randy McDaniel told the council that projected for the rest of the year, Florissant would come about $760,000 ahead of its budgeted utility tax receipts. While putting together the 2011 budget, McDaniel projected the city would receive $5.7 million from the revenue. On Monday, he said Florissant likely would wind up with $6.4 million from utility taxes. Through July, tax collection is $600,000 ahead of projections due to utility rate hikes and higher bills, he said. The city raised the utility tax from 5 percent to 7 percent last year as the council struggled to balance its budget. “I …
Three councilors question the timing and convenience of such a bill being introduced.
With one council seat vacant and another still contested by a run-off election, the current composition of the Florissant City Council appeared it could prove a problem. That became very clear during Tuesday night’s meeting. Five councilors proposed Bill 8737, which would create a nine-person commission to review the Florissant City Charter, for first reading, but the bill came under fire from the other three councilors. Ward 8 Councilman Mark Schmidt voted for discussion on the bill and took the floor to voice his concern regarding its timing. “I find the timing of this bill highly suspect and frankly, irresponsible,” Schmidt said. “I don’t see a rush to do this before we have a full council. It takes advantage of the current makeup, and …