Another Oakwood tax hearing, another small crowd.
Only a handful spoke on the city’s plan to raise the tax rate by 50 percent, with one person, Charles Lysaker, especially vocal. He called the hike “unacceptable.”
“You guys have known for X amount of years … whatever shortfall was coming and for that not to be properly managed is incorrect,” Lysaker said. “It’s wrong.”
Tensions continued after the hearing, with Lysaker and City Manager Stan Brown in a heated exchange over several things, including the time of the public hearings.
Monday’s hearing and a previous one were held at 4 p.m.
The final public hearing on the increase is set for 6 p.m. Monday, with the council to take its first vote on the rate at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle.
Officials are proposing a new rate of 4 mills, with 1 mill equal to $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property value. Property is assessed at 40 percent in the city. The current rate is 2.658.
Taxes on a home with a $100,000 value would increase by $53.36.
Officials say they need the extra revenue to cover rising expenses and debts, including repaying an internal loan related to a failed culvert on McEver Road in May 2013.