Council holds firm on $10,000 offer for dispatch services

    As county officials note the increasing costs of providing dispatch services, city officials are looking at taxes, too.
    At the July 1 city council meeting, Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said a $40,000 annual fee being sought by the county for dispatch service would result in a 2.5 cent levy increase (per $100) for city taxpayers.
    On a house valued at $200,000, that would mean $50 more a year for that homeowner.
    Mayor Dwight Coleman noted the city is right up next to its 45-cent levy limit, so fitting $40,000 into the budget would mean cutting something else in city services.
    With that on their minds, the council voted 4-0 to keep the same contribution of $10,000 per year in the contract for housing inmates, and it will be sent back to county officials.

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