LANCASTER - The City Council voted 3-2 in a special meeting Monday to increase the city's property tax. The vote was tied until Mayor Pro Tem Donna Powell voted in favor of the raise.
Council member Randy Stathers voted against the increase.
"Since we raised it last year, I vote we leave it alone. With the economy the way it is, plus with all the residents have had to put up with on the roads with the construction, we should just leave it," Stathers said.
Council member Jesse Wagoner seconded the motion against the tax increase, and member Cecilia Adams asked the city attorney what the difference in city revenue would be if the increase did take place.
"A little over $6,000 a year," Jimmy Sanders said. "It would average out to about $500 or more a month."
Currently, Sanders explained, the tax is fixed at 15 cents on every $100 of real property owned by citizens, but the property valuation administrator had not reassessed property yet. It will go to 15.6 cents.