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Public has 30 days to comment on Burns Harbor CCD rate

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The Burns Harbor Town Council met Wednesday to hold a public hearing on reestablishing its Cumulative Capital Development (CCD) Tax Rate up from 0.0397 to 0.04 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

The CCD rate is reestablished every four years. Clerk-treasurer Jane Jordan said at the last Council meeting that slight increases in the rate at each renewal help ensure that fluctuations in the Town’s assessed valuation (AV) don’t short the CCD fund. Council member Toni Biancardi said the proposed increase would add $1,764 to the fund annually for the next four years.

A resolution establishing the new rate will be advertised and the public will have 30 days to comment.

The Council also voted to waive a party affiliation requirement for town park boards to allow three of the four seats on the Burns Harbor Park Board to be filled by Republicans amid a shortage of applicants for board seats.

The Council met only to conduct essential town business, using Gov. Eric Holcomb’s directives on public meetings amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 that allow board members to participate virtually while at least one member is present. Present Wednesday were Jordan, Town Council President Nick Loving, and Town Attorney Clay Patton. The rest of the council members and three department heads (Fire Chief Bill Arney, Building Commissioner Rob Wesley, and Police Chief Mike Heckman) joined by conference call.

Biancardi noted all Burns Harbor Town offices are closed to the public indefinitely and park rentals are suspended following state and federal advice for local governments and citizens to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Posted 3/20/2020




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