Two public hearings will precede the St. Clair Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday evening at city hall.
The second hearing is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. and concerns the city’s proposed annual property tax rate. The proposed rate for 2012 is .4978 for the general fund and .1554 for the park fund. The total is .6532.
The figures mean homeowners would pay 65.32 cents per every $100 of assessed valuation.
The rate is slightly higher than the current levy. The general tax levy now is .4961 and the park board rate is .1549 for a .6510 total. The increase from 2011 to 2012 is .0022, or less than a quarter of a penny for every $100 of assessed valuation.
According to information provided by the city, assessed valuation for real estate within St. Clair is $49,844,624 for 2012 compared to $48,950,805 in 2011. As far as personal property, the 2012 figure is $9,308,300 while the 2011 number is $8,740,954.
The totals add up to be $59,152,924 for 2012 and $57,691,759 for the prior year.
As far as the amount of property tax revenues generated through the proposed levy, an estimated $294,463.26 would come into the general fund for 2012 as well as $91,923.65 into the park fund. That total is $386,386.91.
Rates are contingent on final assessed valuations and compliance with state laws.
The city is required by law to set the annual tax levy rate by Sept. 1 each year.
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.
At 6:30 p.m., comments will be accepted concerning the city’s recommended approval of an ordinance adopting rules and regulations regarding a home occupancy permit program. The city’s planning and zoning board forwarded the recommendation in July.
The changes and updates supported by the planners basically target rental units in an effort to provide minimum housing and life safety standards within the city limits. The majority of the regulations follow already established city ordinances.
If the ordinance is approved by the aldermen, the program will include a listing of minimum housing and life safety standards that landlords and tenants would be required to follow.
Current minimum housing standards for St. Clair residents are included in Chapter 12-1/2, Article II of the city’s code or ordinances. Those minimum standards include sections on sanitary facilities and conditions; food preparation facilities; living space requirements; heating and cooling requirements; lead-based paint compliance; and structural condition and safety.
Minimum life-safety standards target structural safety, electrical safety, fire safety, carbon monoxide safety and general safety. Those standards are outlined in Chapter 6-61 of the city’s code of ordinances which concerns the definition of a dangerous building. The city also has adopted the updated 2009 International Property Maintenance Code.
Planning board members as well as City Inspector Jeremy Crowe have said the main idea behind revising the program is making sure residences are safe for each occupant who lives in them and providing a way for the city to enforce that safety.
The board’s regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and features two ordinances. The first is to officially set the 2013 tax rate. The second is to authorize the city to sign a contract with Jay Rice Contracting for demolition of the municipal swimming pool for the amount of $14,850.
In other business, the aldermen are scheduled to receive an update on the selection process for a new public works director, review a site plan review for Interstate LLC for a prefabricated building on property along the Interstate 44 South Service Road and discuss changing the next meeting date to Tuesday, Sept. 4, because of the Labor Day holiday.