FARMINGTON – Since the start of the year, revenue from Farmington’s local and state sales tax rates continues to be up from the same period in 2020.
The Mayor of Farmington, Penn, said most of the regional media focus on increasing the incomes of the Big Four cities in Washington and Benton counties.
Small towns also receive more revenue from local taxes and in some cases the percentages are higher for small towns, Penn told members of Farmington City Council at their September meeting on Monday.
For the month of August, Farmington received $ 207,266 of its local sales tax rate for the general fund, up from $ 174,923 in August 2020, an increase of 18.5%. This is the tax collected on sales in June.
Year-to-date for the general fund, Farmington has collected $ 341,524 more through sales tax rates than for the same period, January through August in 2020, an increase of 29.2%.
For revenue from state sales tax collections, Farmington received $ 130,850 for its August distribution, up from $ 121,519 for August 2020, an increase of 7.7%. To date, Farmington’s revenue is up 14.5% for state tax collections, compared to the same period in 2020.
Farmington’s local and state tax collections for January-August are approximately $ 469,000 higher than what was collected for the same period in 2020.
Penn said the city would begin its budget process soon and use the same policy as usual, be cautious in projecting revenue, and cautious in spending.
In another action on Monday, the council passed two ordinances that deal with unsightly and unsanitary premises and the condemnation and removal of buildings deemed to be a nuisance.
The board reviewed each ordinance in three separate meetings, starting in July, to give the public time to comment on the proposals.
Both orders will take effect immediately, according to City Attorney Steve Tennant.
An ordinance requires that the premises be free of weeds, weeds, garbage, rubbish and other unsightly and unsanitary items. It also requires homeowners to flush, refill or remove stagnant puddles that can become breeding ground for mosquitoes, flies and germs harmful to the health of the community.
A person found guilty of breaking the order would be fined up to $ 1,000 for the first offense and escalating fines for subsequent offenses.
The city will give seven days’ notice to an owner found in violation of the order. If the owner does not take care of the property, the city has the power to go on site and cut and remove weeds, tidy up the grass or unsightly and unsanitary conditions and the cost will be passed on to them. places as a lien on the property.
For the second order, a homeowner has 30 days to tear down a house or structure that has been declared a nuisance by Farmington City Council. After the 30 days, the City would impose a fine of at least $ 250 or more than $ 1,000 on the owner of the structure. Each day after which the nuisance does not decrease is considered a continuing offense punishable by a fine of up to $ 500 per day.
If the council decides that the Washington County Circuit Court has jurisdiction, the order gives the council the power to employ a lawyer to bring an action against the owner of the building. If the court declares the structure to be a nuisance, the city can impose a fine of up to $ 1,000 and a fine of up to $ 500 per day if the nuisance is not mitigated and persists.
A resolution declaring a structure a nuisance must provide the reasons why it was condemned as a nuisance. The ordinance gives the city the power to demolish and / or remove a structure declared a nuisance if the owner does not tear down the property. If the city has a net cost to remove a house or structure, then it would place a lien on the property.
Council member Keith Lipford voted against the ordinance giving the city the power to declare a house a ‘nuisance’ and then condemn it.
In a text published Tuesday, Lipford wrote: “The city should not have the power to condemn and remove someone’s personal property without further justification that city council has deemed a ‘nuisance.’ ‘one man calls a nuisance, another can call him home. “
Council also approved an order to waive competitive bidding requirements to award a contract to Sisemore Paving for $ 29,700 to pave Richmond Road.
The city put out tenders and only received one bid in June for more than $ 70,000. The engineer estimated cost for the project was $ 35,000 to $ 30,000, so the city rejected this offer.
Penn said the city has continued to keep in touch with some contractors, but most are behind schedule. Finally, he said that Sisemore indicated that he had a window where he could fit into the Farmington Project.
Floyd Shelley, director of public works, said Sisemore’s price was well within the engineer’s range. Sisemore has worked for the city in the past and has done a great job, Shelley said in recommending the contract.
When this gravel road is paved, the city will only have one unpaved street within the city limits, and the two residents of the last road said they didn’t want a paved street, but preferred a country road, Shelley told council members.
In addition, the council accepted a low offer of nearly $ 55,000 for the drainage improvement on Rainsong Street from NEC. The street has experienced drainage that could affect existing drainage pipes in the ground and under the street and could also affect sidewalks and the street if not repaired immediately, according to a memo from Shelley to city council.
Fire Chief Bill Hellard recognized three firefighters who have completed their probationary training: John Jones, Rudy Ayala and Dalton Frazier.