Murchison considers property tax

Published on Friday, 16 May 2014 11:33 - Written by

(MCT) -- The city of Murchison is considering a property tax as a way to raise money that would allow it create a police department.

"This is something that we really need to take a look at, because the city right now is existing off the backs of the water and sewer department," Mayor Deanna Benson said. "For us to get a police department in here of any kind, we have to show that we are trying to do something to help ourself."

The council will have a workshop on June 2 to study the issue.

"I'm not asking for an exorbitant amount. I am just asking for ya'll to consider it and think about it. This tax would not involve anybody that is 65 years of age or older, or disabled. They would not be affected by city property tax," Benson said address the council.

According to council members, the city previously attempted to pass a tax of $1 per $100 evaluation. That raised concerns in the city and was tabled.

"I have no intentions of setting it that high," Benson said. "I think a little bit will help us. It will show the state, Federal government that we are trying to do something."