WILLIAMSON – At a regular meeting of the Williamson City Council held Thursday evening, council voted to increase monthly trash collection fees by $4.
For several meetings, the council has voted to raise city fees. As a result, the council hopes to avoid layoffs.
At the previous meeting held on June 9, Williamson Mayor Robert Carlton stated, “I would like to say that because the council has done such a good job of raising revenue, I think that we may well avoid some layoffs and that is great. As we all know, you increase revenues and then you don’t have to worry about expenses as much because you have money to pay it. If you don’t have money to pay it, then you have to reduce it. We are going to take a look at it in about three months and see where our revenues are. Council will then make a decision whether revenues are good or not and what they need to do next.”
At the council meeting held on June 9, the council voted in favor of increasing parking ticket fines to a $5 minimum as well as increasing the reserved parking meter fines to $50 per month.
At the June 9 meeting, a motion was also made and seconded to increase the trash fee by $4, but a vote was not taken on the motion.
Carlton approached the subject at this Thursday’s meeting stating, “At the last meeting we had a motion and a second to raise it by $4 and a discussion. It is now time for the council to either continue the discussion or make a motion in favor of the $4 increase as presented.”
The council voted unanimously to pass the motion allowing an ordinance to be prepared that will increase monthly trash fees by $4.
The council had previously voted to increase business license from $5 to a minimum of $50 yearly. The council also previously voted to increase Business and Occupation Tax (B and O) by 25 percent of current rates. Council also approved a sanitation ordinance allowing trash collection bills to be collected monthly instead of quarterly.
Amendments to the ordinances were prepared to account for the changes and a first reading of these three ordinances took place at a council meeting held on June 9. Second readings of these ordinances were read at this Thursday’s meeting.
Final readings of these ordinances will be read at a special meeting of the Williamson City Council scheduled for Thursday, June 30.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)