The Paris Commission voted on a property tax rate of 72 cents per $100 of assessed property value at a special called meeting on Tuesday.
According to information from the city, the rate, lowered by 5 cents from the current rate of 77 cents, was approved after the city received the final certified rate from the state, of 71.19 cents.
Following last fall’s reappraisal of property values, the state certified that a tax rate of 71.19 cents would generate the same amount of revenue that 77 cents did last year.
So the 72-cent tax rate is actually an increase of 1.01% over last year’s rate. Tuesday’s meeting was preceded by public hearing on the city’s intent to exceed its certified tax rate.
In other meeting business:
• The Paris Commission voted unanimously to repeal regulations relating to the Paris Board of Utilities.
The commission repealed these regulations, which relate to electric service, meter installations, and sewer use among others, the same day that the Paris Utility Authority voted to adopt the regulations at its meeting Tuesday morning.
With the formation of the PUA as an independent entity apart from the city, rules relating to the BPU’s regulations and rate structures are no longer needed in the city’s municipal code.
• The city’s budget for the fiscal year of 2021 was unanimously approved by the commission.
Items of interest in the budget include an 8.4% increase in the cost of healthcare premiums, a 5% decrease in all sales and gas taxes because of the effects of the pandemic, and a total of $754,735 for capital purchases.
The budget summary was included in a public notice published in The Post-Intelligencer on June 10.
• The Paris Commission unanimously approved an update of building and fire codes on second reading.
These codes were required to be updated, as cities are not permitted to work from codes more than seven years old.
The city’s codes were originally from 2012, and it will now use 2018 codes, which brings them up to date and into compliance.