Aldermen Notes: Higher taxes approved

by Tom Nash on November 24, 2010

The Board of Aldermen met Nov. 23, where it voted to increase property taxes for the upcoming year and discussed the Assembly Square DIF plan, among other items. The full video is available here.

Tax rates raised

The board unanimously approved a state-mandated minimum tax increase to both commercial and residential property for the next fiscal year.

The residential rate for the next year will be $12.71 per $10,000 of assessed value, an increase of 41 cents from last year, when the rate was increased by 59 cents.

Chief Assessor Marc Levye called the new residential rate “a relatively modest increase.”

The business tax rate for FY2011 will be $21.21 per $10,000, a 4 percent increase from last year.

Mayor’s immigration proclamation questioned

Ward 1 Alderman Bill Roche asked for clarification on a proclamation by Mayor Joseph Curtatone, issued at a City Hall event earlier this month where he said the city would not automatically send fingerprints from suspects to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

“I’ve had some concern from a lot of residents who hope that doesn’t include some more serious charges, like murder, rape and narcotics,” Roche said.

Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz said she also wanted clarification, pointing out an immigrant accused of such crimes could be deported without due process.

“Everyone should be treated the same,” Gewirtz said.

Heuston asks for neighborhood watch program

After a recent spate of crime in Ward 2 and increasing concern from residents, Alderman Maryann Heuston is calling for the establishment of a neighborhood watch program.

‚ÄúPeople want to start taking matters in their own hands,” Heuston said. “People want to keep their neighborhoods safe.”

Heuston is requesting training sessions for residents from the police department to start by Dec. 15.

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