Elizabethton City Council has unanimously approved at first reading the 2022-23 budget and property tax rate for the 2022 tax year.

The tax rate will remain at its current rate of $1.56 which was set as the certified tax rate at the reassessment for the 2021 taxation year. The budget has been prepared on an income neutral basis. property tax revenue. If approved at second reading, budget execution will begin on July 1 and allow for the billing of 2022 property taxes.

“I want to thank staff across the city because planning for the next 12 months is not easy,” City Manager Daniel Estes said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I want to thank the council for asking good questions. It’s a good day where we can build a budget that rewards staff and it doesn’t happen all the time. It was also a good investment project for us this year.

Councilman Michael Simerly said “it’s the smoothest budget we’ve had” in his four years in office.

In other new business, the board approved the following:
– Approved at first reading the adoption of the 2022-2023 budget of the Elizabethton City School Board for the operational funding request in the amount of $2,400,000. The operating funding request was the same for fiscal year 2022. The total school system operating funding amount for 2022-23 is $35,475,273.
– Approved the 2022-23 Elizabethton Municipal Airport budget of $145,000, the same as 2021-22.
– Approved on first reading an ordinance modifying the budget of the War Memorial concerning work carried out during the fiscal year in the amount of $4,300. This is an unbudgeted item in the 2021/2022 fiscal budget. There is money available in the fund balance for this fund, estimating the amount of the year-end budget balance at $63,650.
– Approved the 2022-2023 National Roads Maintenance Contract in the amount of $82,893.15. The Tennessee State Department of Transportation (TDOT) has reimbursed the City of Elizabethton for the maintenance of state roads in the city for many years, with TDOT billed monthly for the previous month’s expenses recorded by the street department. The new year agreement represents an increase of $9,804.
– Passed a resolution to approve the Boyd Sports lease agreement.
– Approved a grant from the TVA Fund for community assistance. Elizabethton Electric Utility will partner with the Carter Compassion Center as part of the Community Care Fund. The Carter Compassion Center (CCC) will provide a one-stop-shop assistance center for needy individuals and families in Carter County and surrounding areas seeking shelter, food, job opportunities , healthcare, etc. services are available in the area. The grant was $20,000.