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Desloge lowers real estate, debt service taxes

DESLOGE – Residents in Desloge will get a welcomed sight when they receive their municipal tax bills for 2005. The Desloge Board of Aldermen voted to lower real estate taxes and the debt service tax during a special meeting on Monday.

The board voted to lower the real estate tax to $.4624 and the debt service to $.0076 per $100 of assessed valuation. In 2004 the city’s real estate tax was $.4634 while its debt service was $.0435. This is the last year for the debt service, according to city officials.

“The debt service was for a 20-year bond for the municipal pool,” said Desloge City Administrator Eric Wiederhold. “The bond originated in 1986.”

Public hearing dates for proposed annexations of properties located along Adams Road and east of Highway 67 were set for Oct. 24 and Oct. 27.

The board gave authorization for the Desloge fire chief along with the city’s mechanic to look at an emergency vehicle for the fire department.

The board approved a bid for $2,200 from Kay Stinnett for the sale of a 1977 dump truck.

In other matters discussed during Monday’s meeting, the move to the new city hall also came up

“The renovations are coming along,” Wiederhold said. “We are tentatively scheduled to move in beginning on Sept. 19. We will physically be moving Sept. 22-23. It has not been voted on yet, but we are looking at closing the Desloge City Hall on Sept. 19-20 for moving purposes.”

A public walk-through of the new building will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 5.

The new property encompasses half a city block and includes a 7,200 square foot building.

The City of Desloge purchased the Miners Lumber Company property from Stan Benne and Ted Tenholder for $220,000 in July of 2004. In March the Desloge Board of Aldermen approved a bid by Herzog Construction in the amount of $430,033 for renovation work at the site.

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