The city council has approved the remaining assessments for Franklin Avenue, Prior Avenue, Third Street, and Western Avenue. The assessments returned to the agenda for the 9/25/19 city council meeting. Here’s the video stream of the assessments being approved.
The vote was originally laid over for a week at CM Prince and CM Thao’s request due to our representations at the public hearing, and then for another month to give the city’s attorney time to look into the issues raised. A closed door meeting took place two weeks ago to brief the council on our appeal and on the implications of Judge Millenacker’s adverse decision in the district court.
The city declined to comment on its reasoning. They proceeded directly to the votes, each 6-1 with CM Jane Prince casting the dissenting votes. We admire CM Prince’s principled stand. At the same meeting, she voted against the 22% proposed trash increase, noting in a subsequent statement that the city needed to “get back to basics: public safety, parks, libraries and street maintenance, and stop continually raising property taxes as if we elected officials have a blank check.”
The approval means that the short appeal window is now officially open. Our second appeal must be filed by October 15th to be timely. If you were assessed for 2018 on Franklin, Prior, Third, or Western, express your interest by completing a short form, or read more our appeal page.