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Posted by: In: Blog 25 Aug 2015 0 comments

The Golinda City Council has called a public meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss our town’s current and future financial goals.

As you all know, Golinda does not, at this time, levy any property taxes on our citizens. We have always relied on sales tax revenues from our local businesses. The sales tax revenues averaged around $8,000.00 monthly, however, in the last quarter of 2014 our revenues fell to an average of $800.00 per month and continues to be within that range. The city expenditures average $6,000.00 per month with some months as high as $18,000.00 or a low as $3,000.00. Of course, this depends on how much work is done on our streets and in cleaning up our roadways. As you can see, city services will have to be cut dramatically if we continue to have these shortfalls. Our base expenses, salary for the city secretary, electric bill, phone bill and park maintenance runs around $1,500.00 per month. Add to these the costs of association memberships, training and supplies and we currently operate at least $1,000.00 in the red. This is if we do not provide any type of services whatsoever. Of course, at this rate it is inevitable that we, at some point in time, go completely broke.

We have called this meeting in hopes of getting a large turnout so as to discuss our current situation and how and what may be done to improve our financial condition. There are several things that we will discuss. Among these will be the possibility of assessing a city tax. As a General Law city we can, if approved by our citizens, levy up to a 1.5% city tax. This would be based on current appraisals. We will discuss staying the course by providing minimum services, as has been done in the past, and staying afloat with the aid of fund raisers and help from our citizens. We will discuss abolishing our corporate existence (this requires a petition and an election) thereby opening up the possibility of annexation by one of our neighbors. If this is the route chosen, we would then become dependent on Falls county to provide our services. As we all know, Falls county is not in the best of financial circumstances themselves.

As you can see, there is a lot to discuss and thrash over. I look forward to seeing all of you at this meeting. Everyone is invited and all ideas will be welcomed.

Doyle Parks – Mayor

 

Posted by: In: Blog 30 Jun 2015 0 comments

I have called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 30th to address residential concerns about recent flooding in our community.

I received several calls from both Briar Lane and Brooks Circle voicing concerns with flooding or potential flooding. My visit to the area resulted in the belief that something needs to be done about the lack of drainage facilities in Golinda. It is my hope that we can get enough concerned citizens involved so that we may not only visit about this issue, but take some definite steps to improve the current situation. This will probably result in some ditching, culvert cleaning and/or replacement, performing remedial land work to eliminate current drainage blockage, resulting in small lakes of water with limited drainage. This can not only result in potential flooding but also enhances the mosquito environment.

Please join me at city hall at 7:00 p.m. on the 30th to help your city council find the necessary remedies for this situation.

In other matters, it has been brought to my attention that we have several citizens using a garbage pick-up company other than TES. TES holds an exclusive contract with the city and is the only trash pick-up company authorized to operate in Golinda. They pay a rebate for this right and it is not fair to use a trash company that does not pay the city a fee nor have a contract to operate here. If you have been using someone other than TES, please stop their pick-up. If you want to subscribe to a trash pick-up service, please call TES and get set up for service.

The Golinda Volunteer Fire Department is holding a fund raiser by selling fireworks at the fire station now through the 4th of July. Please come by and support your local fire fighters.

Mayor

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 30 Jun 2015 0 comments

I have called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 30th to address residential concerns about recent flooding in our community.

I received several calls from both Briar Lane and Brooks Circle voicing concerns with flooding or potential flooding. My visit to the area resulted in the belief that something needs to be done about the lack of drainage facilities in Golinda. It is my hope that we can get enough concerned citizens involved so that we may not only visit about this issue, but take some definite steps to improve the current situation. This will probably result in some ditching, culvert cleaning and/or replacement, performing remedial land work to eliminate current drainage blockage, resulting in small lakes of water with limited drainage. This can not only result in potential flooding but also enhances the mosquito environment.

Please join me at city hall at 7:00 p.m. on the 30th to help your city council find the necessary remedies for this situation.

In other matters, it has been brought to my attention that we have several citizens using a garbage pick-up company other than TES. TES holds an exclusive contract with the city and is the only trash pick-up company authorized to operate in Golinda. They pay a rebate for this right and it is not fair to use a trash company that does not pay the city a fee nor have a contract to operate here. If you have been using someone other than TES, please stop their pick-up. If you want to subscribe to a trash pick-up service, please call TES and get set up for service.

The Golinda Volunteer Fire Department is holding a fund raiser by selling fireworks at the fire station now through the 4th of July. Please come by and support your local fire fighters.

Mayor

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 29 Jun 2015 0 comments

I have called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 30th to address residential concerns about recent flooding in our community.

I received several calls from both Briar Lane and Brooks Circle voicing concerns with flooding or potential flooding. My visit to the area resulted in the belief that something needs to be done about the lack of drainage facilities in Golinda. It is my hope that we can get enough concerned citizens involved so that we may not only visit about this issue, but take some definite steps to improve the current situation. This will probably result in some ditching, culvert cleaning and/or replacement, performing remedial land work to eliminate current drainage blockage, resulting in small lakes of water with limited drainage. This can not only result in potential flooding but also enhances the mosquito environment.

Please join me at city hall at 7:00 p.m. on the 30th to help your city council find the necessary remedies for this situation.

In other matters, it has been brought to my attention that we have several citizens using a garbage pick-up company other than TES. TES holds an exclusive contract with the city and is the only trash pick-up company authorized to operate in Golinda. They pay a rebate for this right and it is not fair to use a trash company that does not pay the city a fee nor have a contract to operate here. If you have been using someone other than TES, please stop their pick-up. If you want to subscribe to a trash pick-up service, please call TES and get set up for service.

The Golinda Volunteer Fire Department is holding a fund raiser by selling fireworks at the fire station now through the 4th of July. Please come by and support your local fire fighters.

Mayor