The council unanimously approved a motion to allow the city’s motor vehicle and watercraft property tax rate to remain at 18 cents for each $100 of assessed value.
“I think we need to keep it at that with the way everything is going up,” Benham Mayor John Dodd said about keeping the rate the same as the previous year.
Council member Robert “Monk” Falls asked about removing a water assessment fee from the citizens of Benham.
“I make a motion that we take the water assessment off that was supposed to come off in May and has not come off yet. That was for a $30,000 bond — that is all that is for. It was supposed to come off,” Falls said. “If we have to put it back on, fine. But it needs to come off for that reason.”
“I will put it on the agenda for us to take it off next month,” Dodd answered.
Fellow council member Carl Shoupe asked if the city’s finances were in good shape.
“Are we holding our own? We don’t have no outstanding bouncing checks or anything?” Shoupe asked.
“Oh, no — those cost $33 apiece,” Dodd jokingly responded.
Falls later asked about the revenue that is currently generated from the Coal Bin, a thrift store in the city.
“What are we doing with the Coal Bin money?” Falls asked.
“They give it to us, and it goes into the general fund,” Dodd responded.