LID fees voted in for 5 more years
By Carolyn Barbre
Recently the 210 members of the Lindsay Improvement District (LID) received ballots in the mail. Per the bylaws establishing the Lindsay Improvement District, a "protest" election is conducted every five years, in April, to determine if LID fees should continue.
Of those receiving ballots, six voted against continuing the fees, 18 voted in favor of continuing the fees and 186 ballots were not returned.
Also according to the bylaws, uncast ballots carry an "implied consent" or a yes vote. Fees vary, depending on the size of the business so, to be fair, the value of a vote is also predicated on the amount of LID fees payed. Percentage-wise, 5.9 percent were opposed to keeping the fees, 9.5 percent were in favor and 84.6 percent did not vote so were counted in favor.
At the Lindsay City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 11, City Manager Scot Townsend said, "The votes were rather overwhelmingly in favor." He said this was true even if only the small number of returns were counted. Townsend said total LID fees run between $50,000 and $70,000 per year.
The next vote will come up in 2009.
Resolution 04-26, accepting the 2004 Lindsay Improvement District results as certified by the office of the city clerk was approved.
In other council business:
Resolution 04-23 passed, declaring property located at 723 Sunset Drive as surplus and authorizing the sale of said property. The city took over the property which had gone to foreclosure after the default on a HOME loan. Construction Specialist George Lowery established the fair market value of the home at $80,000. Finance Director Kenny Walker will negotiate the sale of the single family home.