By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Feb. 20, 2013 —
Grayson City Council met last Tuesday and the major item on the agenda was defining and updating the city's boundaries.
According to City Clerk Cindy Stratton, discrepancies exist between the city's records and state records regarding the city limits. This often results in individuals who live outside the city limits being charged the insurance premium tax which only applies to Grayson residents.
“We've sent letters to the insurance companies instructing them not to bill the tax to these customers,” she reported. “We have to refund the insurance companies who then refund the customers.”
When calculating the premium tax, providers are required to use the maps on file with the state – even if city records show different boundaries.
“The maps in Frankfort are totally different than what we have,” said Mayor George Steele.
Surveying the new boundaries by Elliott and Associates will cost the city $19,500, which some Council members said could put a strain on the city's finances.
“I know this is something we really need but where are we going to find the money in the budget?” said Terry Stamper.
Stratton informed the Council that they payments could be spread across two fiscal years and that a budget amendment would be forthcoming that details administrative surplus funds which could be used to finance the boundary survey.
Council also approved first reading of an ordinance that would annex 5.46 acres of land south of East Main Street, a gift to the city from David McDavid to be used for recreation. The property will be appraised at a cost of $350.
The next regular meeting of Grayson City Council is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at City Hall.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.