London tax levy may, may not be on ballot
By Jane Beathard
In the end, they decided not to decide.
London City Council met for two hours Monday to bat around ideas for increasing revenue — especially tax revenue.
No formal agenda existed for the special meeting. Council members discussed a range of topics, including hourly pay for the part-time recreation director’s job and additional work time for an employee of the city tax department.
Mostly, the group focused on possible future tax levys. Suggestions included returning a 0.5 percent income tax levy to the May or November ballot, or asking, voters for an additional property tax to fund the recreation or police departments. Both departments suffered stringent cutbacks in the 2013 city budget.
Any decision by council to place a measure on the May primary ballot must come quickly in order to meet the Feb. 5, 2013 filing deadline, Mayor Dave Eades said.
Council members Stan Kavy and president, John Dixon, said any levy effort will require consensus.
“Unless all seven (council members) agree, there’s no point in running any levy,” Kavy said.
Members Dick Minner and Steve Scaggs opposed placing a 0.5 percent income tax increase to fund the fire department on the Nov. 6 ballot. That issue failed by 374 votes.
On Monday, Kavy demanded to know if Minner and Scaggs would support a renewed push to pass a levy in May.
Scaggs refused to take a position. Minner kept quiet.
A majority of council members agreed to delay any decision on a ballot issue until the city finance committee meets at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.