Council sets levy for proposed property tax on May 20 ballot

The Kingman City Council on Tuesday set the collection limit of a proposed property tax at $1.4 million per year.

Voters will decide May 20 whether to approve a primary property tax, which the city has not levied for the past 20 years.

By a 7-0 vote, the council passed a resolution setting the levy and the priority of projects it would fund.

A separate fund and accounting would be added to the budget to so residents could track use of the money.

"This will tell the voters exactly how much the tax will be and what is to be used for," Councilman Jim Baker said.

Railroad underpasses at Airway Avenue, Topeka Street and Louise Avenue and improvement of Bank Street and Gordon Avenue were listed as priority uses of the property tax money.

Other projects would be added as needed and funds are available.

The $1.4 million would require a levy of $1 per $100 of assessed value.

A house that has a market value of $100,000 goes on the tax rolls at 10 percent to figure taxes owed.

The $10,000 assessment would result in an additional $100 tax per year under the proposed levy.

City officials revived the idea of a property tax because state-shared tax revenue likely will be reduced by the Legislature because of the budget deficit.

The property tax would allow the city to continue capital projects.

In other matters:

• Destination Development will design tourism signs for Kingman under a $15,000 contract approved by a 7-0 council vote.

A study by Destination Development indicated tourist attractions are difficult to locate in Kingman.

• The council was told that asphalt millings will be used to surface Kino Avenue from Bank Street to Diamond Street.

Dust is a major problem on that section of Kino Avenue and traffic has increased since the city improved Kino Avenue from Stockton Hill Road to Bank Street.

The unpaved section of Kino Avenue was added to the city with the annexation of the Shangri La area.

Residents of the area approached the council Feb.

3 about the dust problem.

• Scott Dunton reported that a nonprofit improvement corporation has been formed by a group of downtown business owners.

Incorporated as Route 66 of Kingman, the organization expects to recruit more property owners to participate and speed up improvement projects.

Councilman Dave French asked Dunton to bring the organization's budget and grant proposal to the next council meeting.

"The group can partner with the city in ways similar to Kingman 2005, the Airport Authority and the Chamber," French said.

"Those groups request city money in addition to other money from other sources."

The council will consider an agreement and grant request from Dunton that will include a $5,000 Route 66 corridor study by John Cook, a former Kingman resident.

• The Red Lake gas storage project has been given first-stage approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, City Attorney Bob Taylor told the council.

City consultant Louis Vega said environmental issues are still to be examined by FERC.

Kingman has asked that issues related to city water well safety and the route of the pipeline be considered by FERC during the environmental hearings.