Tricounty News

Watkins prepares for TNT

The Watkins council is preparing for the annual Truth In Taxation meeting (6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12). This year’s residential property taxes overall are lower, and most commercial taxes are higher. The council has been working hard to keep property taxes stable.

A number of issues were dealt with at their Nov. 14 regular meeting. The Watkins Ambulance was approved to commit up to $1,000 each month for needed equipment and medications without seeking council approval prior to any purchase. Public works is “ready for anything that can come” when it comes to snow removal. A formal performance review process will be implemented, tried on the newest employee (Virl Liebrenz) to start. A gravel lease payment was received. The Economic Development Authority is collecting survey data for a visioning session to come. Duane Peterson resigned from the Planning Commission. Street lights will be replaced as needed. Properties with delinquent water bills will be shut off.

Virl Liebrenz has passed his Class B water test and is now eligible for a 50-cent raise, effective Jan. 1.

Water bills in the mobile home park will continue to be billed to the park owner, and each lot will be billed the base fee whether it is occupied or not. The park owner then bills individual residents.

The next meeting of the Watkins city council will start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, with the Truth in Taxation hearing to begin at 6:15. (Other than this meeting, the council last month approved keeping the meeting time at 7 p.m. each month instead of changing to 6 p.m. during the winter months.)