The California Board of Aldermen met for a special session Monday night, setting tax rates for the next year and approving a pair of measures concerning other city business.
The city's general revenue tax levy was set at $0.4246 on each $100 assessed valuation of personal and real estate property. A park tax levy of $0.1676 on each $100 assessed valuation on all property within California's city limits was also set. Both tax rates represent slight increases from 2019's rates, bumping from .4212 and .1663 per $100 assessed valuation, respectively.
The city is required by state law to set tax rates no later than Sept. 1 each year.
In other business, the board approved an ordinance allowing the city to accept Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding granted by officials with Moniteau County. In phase one of the county's fund distribution plan, finalized earlier this month, California received $2,551.46.
The funding can be used for expenses accrued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the purchase of sanitization products and personal protective equipment (PPE), and any unused funding must be paid back.
Also approved at Monday's meeting was a resolution concerning the voluntary annexation of property owned by Village Green Shopping Center to the city of California. The property sits on the eastern side of town.
With the resolution's approval, the city has scheduled a public hearing for 2 p.m. Sept. 10 as a chance for public comment. Following the hearing, an ordinance will be drafted to make the annexation official.
Prior to the public hearing, the Board of Aldermen's next regular monthly meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Sept. 8, a change from the usual meeting date due to Labor Day weekend.