Regarding claims in your newspaper by City Council candidate Emanuel Petrascu, ("Council upped property taxes," Sept. 3) I reviewed the agenda and minutes of April 20, did a little more research, and found that the City Council did not raise property taxes at that meeting or any other time.
Per the minutes, the council unanimously voted 5 to 0 to approve the following recommendation:
"Moved by Councilmember Egly, seconded by Councilmember Rollinger and carried unanimously 5 to 0 to initiate the steps to undertake about $24 million in capital improvements to the sewer system over the next two decades and seek solutions for funding for improvements by directing the city manager to (1) prepare for a 3.5% sewer increase in three consecutive fiscal years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and (2) return to the council with an optional capital improvement program that reallocates $675,000 per year to the sewer system."
While the matter is somewhat complex, the facts are that the City Council did not raise property taxes, as demonstrated by their official vote. The reality is that the city does not have the legal authority to raise property taxes. Only the county — or a vote of the people — may cause this to occur.