September 2022

Increasing Tropical Activity Reminds Us to Be Prepared. Start Today!

Increasing Tropical Activity Reminds Us to Be Prepared. Start Today! Thankfully, there is presently no threat, but with a recent increase in tropical activity, we are reminded that not so long ago, we found ourselves in the path of some very significant storm events. We all know how vulnerable Simonton can be. That being the …

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City Council Votes to Approve Massive Property Tax Increase, Denies Improprieties

City Council Votes to Approve Massive Property Tax Increase, Denies Improprieties At their August 20, 2022 City Council Meeting, the City Council voted to approve the largest single increase in property tax in the city’s history. Weighing in at 136%, the city will raise a total of $499,999. This amount includes an additional $290,235 over …

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City Council Meeting and Budget Hearing, Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

City Council Meeting and Budget Hearing, Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm. Click HERE for the City Council Meeting Agenda Click HERE for the Proposed City Budget The City Council for the City of Simonton will hold a two-part City Council meeting on September 20, 2022.  The first portion of the meeting will be …

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What’s Up with Meeting Announcements, Agendas, and Postings?

What’s Up with Simonton Agenda Notices and Meeting Postings? Simonton’s Agenda Page as of 09-16-2022, 3:50 pm. Agenda is not yet posted. UPDATE: The City has posted their agenda for the meeting to be held on September 20, 2022 at 6:30 PM. The City Secretary attested that she posted the notice September 16, 2022 at 3:00 …

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Tax Rate Transparency or Just Confusion on the City Website?

Was there Confusion or Transparency with the Tax Rate Increase on the Website? Update 09-15-2022: The City has corrected the potentially confusing information referred to in this article. Within hours after this article was publicly available, the official city website was edited in order to eliminate the confusion that had been discussed in it. Note …

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City Cash Position is Far Less than Reported by the City Manager

City Cash Position is Far Less than Reported by the City Manager At the August 16, 2022 City Council meeting, in her financial report, the City Manager stated that during her tenure with the city, accounts had gone from $800,000 to $3 million and was healthy. Specifically, she said: (click HERE to hear her statement, …

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City Approves Huge Tax Rate Hike

The City of Simonton Doubles the Property Tax Rate https://youtu.be/C_UTkKnvhic At the September 8, 2022 Special City Council meeting, the Council approved a doubling of local property taxes by raising the property tax from .219189/$100 valuation to .443954/$100 valuation.  As a result of the tax increase, an example home with a taxable value of  $350,000 …

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