The Elizabethton City Council held a quick, but productive meeting Thursday night, passing all old and new business listed on their meeting agenda.
A second reading and public hearing on the budget ordinance for the 2012-13 fiscal year was passed 7-0 with no discussion from the council. The approved ordinance sets the expenditure appropriations from July 1 to June 30, 2013, with the only change in the budget this year being the employee pay raise added by the council.
The property tax rate will remain the same from last year, after the council unanimously approved the second reading that would keep it at $1.78.
Last year, the council approved an increase in the standing property tax rate for the first time in 19 years. A majority vote set brought the rate from $1.5681 to $1.78 per $100 of assessed value.
City manager Fred Edens brought two special requests to the council members, one from the Carter County Chamber of Commerce and the other from Immanuel Baptist Church.
The Chamber wrote Edens to request that all streets except for Sycamore Street and Lynn Avenue be blocked by the Elizabethton Police Department at 8 a.m. July 4. They also requested that Sycamore Street and Lynn Avenue would then be blocked off at 11 a.m., one hour before the July 4th celebration parade starts.
Immanuel Baptist Church requested the use of the Kiwanis Park Field at the west end of Elizabethton for a community concert for June 24 from 4-8:30 p.m. Hunter Avenue, a side street between the park and the Immanuel Baptist, was requested to be blocked off during the event.
The council approved both requests.
The solid waste user fees and the ordinance to amend the water capital improvement fees were also passed on first readings.
The Elizabethton City School Budget was also approved on first reading for the 2012-13 fiscal year.