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Jellico budget still unsettled, property tax still absent

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By Beth Braden

JELLICO—Bankrupted Jellico is collecting no property tax—and could potentially be losing thousands in potential revenue—after town officials failed to hold two meetings last week to resolve the oversight.
Special-called meetings set for July 9 and July 12 were cancelled because the board didn’t have enough members to conduct business.
On July 9, Mayor Les Stiers and Alderman Darrell Byrge were absent. On July 12, Byrge was absent again, but so was Alderwoman Pam Carbaugh.
According to the town charter, there must be four board members present to constitute a quorum.
The agenda was the same for each meeting—reinstate the property tax and further discuss a loan to bring cleaner water into the city.
At the end of June, the board approved a 50-cent property tax increase, bringing the rate to $1.65 per $1,000 of assessed value.
On July 1, just before the board travelled to the state comptroller’s office, the group decided to delete the 50-cent tax increase, but inadvertently deleted the entire property tax.
The budget is expected to appear for a third time on tonight’s agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 at the Jellico Municipal Building.