By David Jenkins
The Aug. 4 regular Murphy city council meeting featured a variety of topics.
Key discussions were the fiscal year 2016 proposed tax rate and the Community Survey project, both of which needed approval.
Public hearings over the tax rate were tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 at the council chambers.
The proposed tax rate for fiscal year 2016 is 0.53 cents per $100 valuation.
The tax rate is comprised of the maintenance and operations rate of 0.333221 cents and 0.196779 cents for debt service.
That is a two-cent decrease from the 55-cent tax rate from the fiscal year 2015.
After direction from the council at the July 21 meeting, the city staff reached out to Decision Analyst (survey consultant) with some questions on the Community Survey Project.
The intent of the city survey is to create questions that can be used as a measuring tool biannually (questions that can be used as benchmarks in the future), get a pulse of what the community wants, get a feeling from the community on their quality of life and craft some questions focused on the possibility of a pond package, and what residents would support.
The city’s IT Department will be working closely with the consultant to coordinate emails from various database systems in-house.
There is also the possibility of utilizing the MindMixer solution to solicit responses as well.
Other items discussed:
- Issuing of a special permit allowing the possession and discharge of fireworks to Illumination Fireworks LLC at the Sept. 26 Murphy Maize Days event.
- The City is in the process of revising the Comprehensive Plan and studying the land uses, public facilities, flooding, connectivity, and development of the area near south Maxwell Creek, the southeast sector study and plan.
The project includes studying existing and future development conditions and land uses in and near the south Maxwell Creek area.