Residents of Ash Flat will not face a millage increase for the next year.
The Ash Flat City Council discussed the possibility of increasing the tax millage at its monthly city council meeting on Sept. 17. Ash Flat's millage is currently 2. In comparison, both Cherokee Village and Hardy have a 5 mill tax.
City Clerk/Treasurer Charlotte Goodwin explained this was the council's only opportunity to raise the Advalorem, or millage tax, for the year.
"If we are doing okay without it, I would rather keep it the same," Alderwoman Sue Ross said. Other members of the council voiced similar opinions before the topic was put to a vote.
A motion was made by Alderman Marty Goodwin to keep the current 2 mill rate in effect. It was seconded by Alderman Fred Goodwin and passed unanimously.
In other business,the council discussed recommendations regarding filling the position of the late Charles Deloach, who served as the city's code enforcement officer and building inspector. Deloach passed away Sept.18.
Truman Sisney, a local contractor, was recommended for the position by Alderman Fred Goodwin, who spoke with him about accepting the job. Ash Flat Mayor Danny Traw, said "Because he is a local builder, he is the most qualified person I know." The council voted unanimously on the recommendation, and appointed Sisney to the position.
Norvin Green, a member of the Ash Flat Library Board, reported on the number of patrons using the newly opened library. He said 539 people checked out materials during the month of August, an average of 37 people a day. Green also explained that the Thursday night Children's Art Club and Children's Night Out activities had been very well attended.
Traw gave an update on the construction of the city's new fire station. He said the steel structure was completed, and process is moving quickly. Traw said he anticipated the construction to be completed by the end of November.
Other business included a $3,000 appropriation to support the city's annual Eaglefest, to be held in Ash Flat during the first weekend in October.
The council also voted to pay two invoices totaling $512.40 to the Mayor for repairs made on two city vehicles at his body shop. The repairs included a window switch and blower motor.
Traw announced that, to go along with Arkansas Governor Mike Bebee's proclamation to "Go Pink For a Cure," the city of Ash Flat would also enact a proclamation for the city to support the week of breast cancer awareness events.
The Ash Flat City Council meets monthly on the third Monday at 6:30 at Ash Flat City Hall. The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.