Council approves tax rates for 2012

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By Stephen Lega

The Lebanon City Council voted Monday to approve the second reading of an ordinance setting its tax rates for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The real property tax rate is 18.4 cents per $100 valuation. This is an increase over the previous rate of 18 cents per $100 valuation.

The city's personal property tax rate is 20 cents per $100 valuation.

The new tax rates will become official once they are published.

In other business:

- The council approved a noise variance request by Jim Tabor of Willie A's from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 23-24.

- Bill Pickerill requested permission on behalf of the Lebanon Rotary Club to allow the club to serve as the beer vendor during the Battle of the Bands on Friday, Sept. 23, and during the Ham Jam on Saturday, Sept. 24. Both events are taking place at Centre Square. The council approved the request.

- The council approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting parking on the north side of M.L. King Avenue within 300 feet of Spalding Avenue between Spalding Avenue and Harrison Street. The council must approve a second reading and publish the ordinance before it takes effect.

- The council set the times for trick-or-treating in Lebanon and Halloween at the Park. Both will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.

- Main Street will be reopened downtown during Saturday night and early Sunday morning during Ham Days. Police Chief Wally Brady said the plan is to reopen the street from approximately 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, until 4 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

- The council went in executive session for 25 minutes to discuss acquisition of property and litigation.