McAlester city councilors plan to consider again an action that would allow the city to raise ad valorem property taxes to pay for workers compensation judgments against the city.

Councilors will also consider a request by City Manager Pete Stasiak to make the action retroactive to the 2006-2007 Fiscal Year.

The item had been tabled from a previous city council agenda.

It’s among items on the agenda when the city council meets in regular session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

City council meetings are open to the public.

A provision in the state statutes allows municipalities that are self-insured for workers compensation to raise property taxes to pay off any judgments assessed against the city, according to Stasiak.

A judgments request is returned over a three-year period, so if a claim was sent to the county this year, it would be reimbursed, along with interest, over a three-year period, Stasiak said.

“Several cities do this process each year, and file claims for any judgments issued during the previous year,” Stasiak said in a report to the council.

“Claims are due to the county by the end of July for the prior year ending June 30,” he said.

City officials said at a previous meeting such an action would affect property taxes within the McAlester city limits, only.

Other items on the Tuesday night agenda call for the council to:

• Hear a presentation by  Neal Wood of the Harley’s Owner’s Group, also known as HOG, representing plans for a rally at the Southeast Expo Center on Oct. 5-9.

• Consider and act upon final plat approval for the Hickory Ride II Planed Unit Development.

• Consider and act upon authorizing the mayor to sign a contract for services with the McAlester Chamber of Commerce to produce the McAlester Tourism Guide, an amount  not to exceed $8,460.

• Consider and act upon a resolution declaring certain vehicles and a commercial semi trailer public nuisances and detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public.

• Consider and act on a resolution declaring certain buildings dangers by reason of dilapidation to the welfare of the community.

City councilors also plan to consider and act on two budget amendments, one for the 2009-2010 Fiscal Year, and another for the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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