Monticello City Council met last night (Monday) and approved a plan designating a large portion of the funding Monticello has received through the American Rescue Plan. Mayor Tracie Sexton outlined the plan, noting that the city received a total of $775,323 in funding. A half-million dollars of that is designated for the broadband expansion initiative. Premium pay for city employees will be $58,634 and pay for volunteer firefighters for hours spent responding between April and December totals $24,116.
The Susie Fire Department requested help since they were unable to hold their chili supper last year, and that is one of their major fundraising events. The city will donate $6,500 to the department.
The Rescue Squad lost funds for their picture drive and the city will donate $7,800 to that organization. Sexton said that leaves a balance of $178,271 in funding. The council is continuing to look at possible ways to provide assistance to the Chamber of Commerce, but has not made any final decisions regarding that.
Also during the meeting, the council approved tax rates for city residents for 2021. The rate for the real property was set at 12.1 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value. The rate for the personal and tangible property was set at 12.1 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value. The tax rate for motor vehicles and watercraft was set at 22.5 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value.
The council met in an executive session to discuss one legal matter. No action was taken.