The Brazil City Council is faced with a problem -- only one tax draw next year. The tax draw is the money the city uses to operate during the year.
Normally, the city receives two tax draws, but due to reassessment taking additional time, the first draw -- normally around May -- will not be available.
"We will have to borrow money to operate next year or we will have to lay off a bunch of people," Mayor Kenneth Crabb reported to the council. The problem is due to reassessment throughout Indiana, and it will also impact the Clay Community Schools Corporation as well.
In other business, the council discussed establishing a city court for traffic offenders. Apparently, there is an existing ordinance on the books from the Mayor Dave Hunter era that established the city court, however, the court was never brought into existence. It is believed that the city court would bring additional monies into the city, however, there is opposition from county officials. The council voted to prepare an ordinance to be discussed for the next meeting.
Mayor Crabb also called a special work session of the Brazil City Council on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the commons area of North Clay Middle School. The meeting will be open to the public, and to discuss the purpose of forming a Storm Water District and the issue of building or constructing a retention pond west of South Murphy Avenue behind Morris Manufacturing.
A representative from Indiana Department of Transportation and Todd Frauhiger, CTE Engineers will be reporting on the issues.