MORRIS – After a public hearing Monday, the Morris City Council approved a
$2.1 million tax levy for fiscal 2018. There was no public participation during the hearing.
First Ward Alderman Randy Larson voted against the levy, saying that he was against using tax dollars to pay the salaries of city employees. The ordinance passed, 7-1.
The hearing was required because the total amount levied increased by more than
14 percent, above the 5 percent increases that necessitate a truth in taxation hearing by state law.
Mayor Richard Kopczick said that although the total levy was going up, the rate for homeowners is going to remain at the 0.65 level the city always tries to maintain.
The increase is the result of 2018 being the first year the Costco plant will be on the tax rolls, Kopczick said. He also said that, at this point, the rates and numbers are estimates.
“But if all the estimates are exact, we hit 65 cents on the head,” Kopczick said.
The council debated details on two requests before it. The first was finding a way to ease parking congestion when the Rough Road 100 Bicycle Race comes to town in April.
third Ward Alderman Jeff Wachowski reported he had heard from downtown retailers who said that although the race brings lots of people into town, it also clogs up parking spaces downtown for the day.
The spaces downtown are public parking, but the council decided to ask toe organizers if it would be possible to encourage parking in lots on either side of downtown.
The council also voted to change the end time for
3 French Hens market from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m., because 1st Ward Alderman Herb Wyeth said that it can conflict with getting cars in for Morris Cruise Nights in downtown, often held the same day.
The council also passed an ordinance lowering the number of Class E liquor licenses from six to five after one business decided they no longer wanted one.