Ordinance may be updated to specify spending

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 07:45 PM.

In the past, the county has purchased maintenance equipment for use in Sunny Hills with MSBU money, and currently the primary expenses involve streetlights, mowing and paying on the loan. The equipment bought with MSBU funds should be used within Sunny Hills, Goodman said.

Other alternative ways of funding the Sunny Hills expenses could be a establishing a Special District, or a establishing Municipal Service Taxing Unit, which establishes a millage tax rather than an annual amount.

Voehl noted that both of these options involve a tax millage that would count toward the county’s overall millage, even though it is only paid within the designated area. “The MSBU allows for more flexibility, and doesn’t lock into the county’s millage.”

The county is limited by statute to 10 mills, Goodman said.

“It’d be next to impossible to implement a special district out there,” Goodman added. 

Another option, incorporating Sunny Hills as a city or town, is also difficult, Voehl said.

The county has to have some mechanism in place to raise funds to pay off the loan, however. “The debt service creates a lack of flexibility,” Goodman said. The debt ties the county to the MSBU, and the best way to sever that tie would be to pay off the debt.

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