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Mill levy increase on Crawford's agenda

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Two topics being considered by the Crawford town council will be discussed at the June 15 work session.

Council members are considering placing a mill levy increase before voters this November. Delta County Assessor Debbie Griffith will attend the meeting to explain how the mill levy is calculated, what an increase might look like for property owners, and what the town can and can't do in creating a ballot question. Individual property owners will also be able to access information regarding how an increase will affect their property taxes.

At 2.420 mills ($2.42 assessed for each $1,000 of assessed property value), Crawford has the lowest mill levy in the county. According to the town's 2016 budget, Crawford will collect $6,412 in property taxes this year, up from $5,937 in 2015. The previous council and then-mayor Susie Steckel urged the town, in light of decreasing mineral lease and severance tax dollars related to mine closures, to consider putting the question to voters.

In addition, Sheriff Fred McKee will be on hand to answer questions about what it would take for the town to establish a municipal court and provide law enforcement in order to enforce town codes.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Since it is a work session, no actions will be taken on either item, and public comment is welcome.

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