The Effingham City Council discussed the city’s 2015 tax levy at Tuesday’s meeting. The Council needs to decide how much the levy will increase. City Administrator Jim Arndt present three options for the Council to consider; those are increases of 4.9%, 8.7%, and 10.5%. Based on a home valued at $150,000 these would lead to an additional cost to the home owner of $174 at 4.9%, $201 at 8.7%, and $213 at 10.5%. Likewise, the amount of revenue generated would vary depending on the increase. At 4.9% that amount would be $200,000; at 8.7% that amount would be $353,600; and at 10.5% would be $426,00.
At this time the Council is just discussing the levy rate, with no vote scheduled yet. If an increase of 5% or more is to be voted on, a public hearing must be held. The Council will discuss this further at their next meeting.
In other action, the Council approved a contribution of $1,000 to the Effingham County Heroes Memorial Fund. The Memorial will be placed on the lawn of the old county courthouse in downtown Effingham. It is being created to honor “past, present, and future” local emergency responders and military personnel. The total cost is $14,175.