It was deja vu — all over again.
For the second time, the St. Clair Board of Aldermen on Thursday evening approved the city’s 2013 tax levy after a second public hearing and subsequent meeting was deemed necessary.
The second round was needed after it was determined that not enough notice was provided to residents for the first public hearing, which took place on Monday, Aug. 19.
There were no changes made to rates or figures on Thursday. In fact, minutes from the first hearing and meeting probably could be reused for the second gatherings, except noting the change in the ordinance number and the date.
Approved on Thursday was Ordinance 1721. The prior approval came to Ordinance 1720. The new one replaces the old one even though language is identical.
The city’s overall 2013 tax levy is .7024. The rate is broken down into .5353 for the general fund and .1671 for the park fund. The 2012 tax rate was .6532 divided into .4978 for the general fund and .1554 for the park fund.
The updated figures mean taxpayers within the St. Clair city limits will pay 70.24 cents for every $100 of assessed valuation. Last year, they paid 65.32 cents. The 2011 rate was .6510.
On Thursday, no one attended the hearing. Aldermen had no questions or comments during it or the brief meeting to approve the levy that followed. On Aug. 19, no residents or aldermen spoke, either.
Approving the tax rate is an annual process all municipalities must do by Sept. 1. The information is prepared by Franklin County from information provided by the state.
Childers said the intent of establishing the annual tax levy basically is to provide the same amount of revenue from year to year.
According to figures provided by Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door, St. Clair’s total real estate assessed valuation is $47,548,108. Personal property adds $7,980,048. The total 2013 assessed valuation therefore is $55,528,156.
The 2012 figures were $49,844,624 for real estate, $9,308,300 for personal property and $59,152,924 overall. In 2011, those numbers were $48,950,805, $8,740,954 and $57,691,759, respectively.
Childers said during the first gathering that combining new real estate and personal property assessed valuation estimates with the adjusted tax rate will produce almost identical revenue dollars for the city this year when compared to last year. As far as the amount of property tax revenues generated through the tax levy, an estimated $294,463 would come into the general fund for 2013 as well as $91,924 into the park fund. That total is $386,387.
Rates are contingent on final assessed valuations and compliance with state laws.
According to information provided by the city, the rate is determined by dividing the amount of revenue by the current assessed valuation. The result is multiplied by 100 as the tax rate is expressed in cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
Childers originally received the city’s tax information on Friday, Aug. 16, posted it immediately and added the levy public hearing and the aldermen’s consideration of it to the following Monday’s agenda.
The intent was not to have to schedule a special meeting.
However, after the levy originally was approved on Aug. 19, Childers discovered not enough notice was given. By law, he said seven days must be provided.
So, the new hearing date was posted to allow for the full seven-day notice.