RIPLEY - The Ripley Town Council voted in September to seek a resolution to invoke a local law to override the state's tax cap on property taxes for the 2013 budget year.
A public hearing on the resolution will be held today in the town hall at 7 p.m.
Town Supervisor Doug Bowen said the resolution was prompted by a change in the way the county bills the town for workers' compensation and because of bond payments.
This would not result in taxpayers having a heavier tax burden, Bowen said, because the county would be lowering its tax rate.
Formerly, workers' compensation was paid through county taxes and then charged back to each municipality, Bowen said. However, now the monies must come from out of the town's general fund.
In other business, Bowen reported Ripley "leads the pack" in a plan to have town employees trained in asbestos removal. Other communities, such as Westfield, are interested in similar training.
Under the plan, which Bowen presented to the county planning board last Tuesday, a crew made up of trained people from several municipalities would be able to "help each other out" whenever a town faced a crises regarding removal of asbestos, similar to the way the highway departments of several area towns share services. This would create a cost-effective solution to removal of the hazardous material.
"We're thinking outside the box here," Bowen said. "We can't have another $64,000 emergency."
Bowen said the county will seek bids for the necessary training.
The council also approved a motion to place a referendum on the November ballot regarding an increase in funds for the library. If the referendum is approved by voters, assistance to the library will increase by $2,560 to a total of $28,160.
The Sidehill Road waterline extension project is underway, Bowen said. About 600 feet of the project has been completed.
"It's moving forward finally," he said.
The council approved the appointment of George Davis as Ripley co-historian.
Highway Supervisor Michael Knight was authorized to begin the bid process for a new plow truck for the town.
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