The Charleston City Commission voted to maintain the current property tax rate at its recent monthly meeting.
The current rate is .423.
Commissioners Donna McDermott and Frankie McCartney discussed whether to raise the rate or keep it the same. McDermott made a motion to keep the property tax the same for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
The first reading of the new budget was held at the meeting with plans made for the second meeting to occur at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, in the Municipal building.
The anticipated revenues to Charleston as estimated by the governing body are $426,096. This number is a jump from the $413,127 actual revenues recorded for the 2013 budget. It is also higher than the projected $411,649 for the 2014 budget.
The anticipated expenditures for the 2015 budget are $423,901. This compares better than the projected $442,010 expenditures in the 2014 budget.
The commission voted to continue Charleston’s involvement with The Pool, also known as Tennessee’s leader in risk management services. The Instructions-Loss Control Matching Safety Grant Program will aid Charleston in the purchase of “safety items, equipment and safety/training.” Additional employee education and training “that is necessary to control” an employee safety hazard is also reimbursable.
Mayor Walter Goode directed the conversation toward the influx of parked cars on the road during events held at the city park.
“I would like to see Wool Street with no parking on it when we have events in the park,” Goode said.
“[That is] partly for safety reasons. If you come out from there and have people stepping out from between cars, there will be a bad accident.”
He added the residents on both the street and city need an open road in case of emergency.
He asked the street department to purchase “No Parking” signs to be placed during events.
“We want to keep them off Wool Street completely,” Goode reiterated. “That is my suggestion.”
He invited anyone with opposition to his plan to share their opinion.
The commission agreed individuals who need to unload wares or equipment may park on the side of the road before finding a regular parking place.
Commissioners McDermott and McCartney and Mayor Goode discussed the continued animal control issue in Charleston. The three agreed to continue pursuing talks with the SPCA of Bradley County.
Additional reports included:
n The Charleston Clean-up Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6. from 9 a.m. to noon.
n Bradley Fire and Rescue Chief Troy Maney ran a total of 172 calls with 10 of them being to Charleston. Four of the calls were medical. Two were vehicle fires. Three were cancelled in route and one fire was an evacuation. He said it was a “pretty quiet” month so far.