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Tuscola city council talks about the property tax levy

By Kendra Hennis 
The meeting of the Tuscola city council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 26. City Administrator Drew Hoel and Treasurer Alta Long were absent from the meeting. 

Following approval of the consent agenda, the council moved to Mayor Dan Kleiss’ report. He noted that the Tuscola Serves signs had been completed and hung outside of Ervin Park. Kleiss also commented on the almost finished mural outside of the Douglas County Museum, saying that it looked very nice, and thanking the artists for their work on the project. 

The council then began to discuss the property tax levy. Kleiss recommended that the council look at a 4.5 percent increase in the levy. This initial look is only to gauge an estimate amount and an actual levy will be presented at the December board meeting. The levy percent can always go down, but by choosing to look at the highest percentage there will be no need to hold a public hearing. 

The council also: 

* Approved the minutes from the October 13 regular board meeting.

* Approved the payment of bills in the amount of $112,371.31

* Learned that Eddie Boutilier and Red Barn Veterinary Services were making TIF delinquency payments. 

* Approved the third modification agreement for solid waste services between the City of Tuscola and Advanced Disposal Services Solid Waste Midwest, LLC. The initial contract was approved in August 2020. 

* Adjourned until the November 9 council meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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