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Tax rate falls, fall celebration planned

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City of GoodrichThe Goodrich City Council’s September meeting Thursday in the community center was highlighted by discussions of a new tax rate and Halloween celebration.

Last month, the Goodrich City Council set a tax rate at 0.3806, which represents a drop from 2021. The rate for the past year has been 0.4182. The maintenance and operation was set at 0.1406, a drop from 0.1982 in 2021. The interest and sinking now stands at 0.2400, which is a bit higher than the 0.2200 over the past 12 months. 

Steady growth and rising property values have allowed the tax rate to fall for a few years. The rate in 2020 was 0.4281, and 0.4329 in 2019. In Thursday’s meeting, the tax rate of 0.4182 was adopted, and the council expressed content in the number descending.

Plans have been set for a Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29. Families can drive through at city hall to pick up Halloween treats and take part in a costume contest for children in junior high and younger.

Last year, the city council and a few businesses set up tables where vehicles could drive through to pick up items. The same is planned for this year. On The Road and the Boys & Girls Club were a few of the businesses taking part in the 2021 event. Goodrich Mayor Kelly Nelson said those wishing to take part can call city hall in advance for a table to give away items.

“We started this when there was Covid and it turned out good,” Nelson said. “It is safe and you don’t have to worry about getting out of the vehicle or anyone getting hurt.”

The time to drive through will be 5-7 p.m. at Goodrich City Hall.

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