The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening, Larry Budd and Steve Dorchinecz were absent. While there was a lot on the agenda, the Aldermen were able to move the meeting quite quickly. One of the first big topics of discussion was restructuring some of the city bonds. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says that this is a win/win for the city as far as lowering payments.
Mayor Barry says that while it’s still early in the post COVID world, he says the city is sitting OK cash-wise.
The city had cut off hiring during the pandemic, but that is back on as the Street Department is looking for two new employees. The city is continuing to prosper as there is talk about a new truck stop that will be built by the Steak and Shake near Walmart.
Mayor Barry also said the Taylorville Pow Wow was a success and thanked Kellie Hamell for her work in getting payroll taken care of.
In other news from the City Council meeting, the board approved a tax increase of .02% for the library purchase of sites and buildings and for maintenance. Everyone that was present at the meeting voted yes except for Aldermen Kathy Driskell who told Regional Radio News that she would not vote for any tax increase. The board also approved an ordinance amending the city code to allow for liquor sales through a designated drive-thru window. Jim Olive was the lone “No” vote. The board also recommended the reimbursement for gaming parlor establishments that had no other source of revenue for a total of 50% of the 2021 Liquor License Fees. Aldermen Chris Skultetty and Aldermen Doug Brown voted no.
To watch the meeting in its entirety, click here.