The Boonville City Council approved the 2018 tax levy during Monday’s meeting.

This year’s tax rate, based on numbers from the state auditor, is only slightly higher than the previous rate. The 2018 tax rate for real estate and personal property is $.7063 per $100. The prior rate was $.7060. According to Missouri law, this tax rate cannot exceed $.7384 per $100 of property value.

The Boonville City Council also officially approved an ordinance changing the structure of the city’s legal counsel. The council has been discussing these changes since July. Previously, the position was occupied by a single, full-time lawyer. Under the new ordinance, the city will instead hire legal help on an as-needed basis. Doug Abele, who is ending his term as Cooper County prosecutor after working in the position since 1983, will handle general legal concerns. Mark Wooldridge Law Office will assist with code enforcement and property maintenance work. Lauber and Associates will field unique projects, such as the waterline construction project and the intergovernmental agreement to assign responsibility regarding the new soccer complex.

The council performed a first read on an amended agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission requesting $3,737,972 for design and construction of the new runway as well as the north connecting taxiway, north turnabout and runway lighting. Under this proposed agreement, the city of Boonville would provide at least $415,331 in matching funds. The council will conduct a second read on this agreement during the Sept. 4 meeting before submitting this proposal to the Commission.

Additionally, the Council voted to approve parking restrictions on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 for the Chamber of Commerce’s Market Nights. The event, which features local businesses and expos downtown, will require street closure from 4:30-8 p.m. Previously, this event was called “Festival of Lights”.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next council meeting will occur on Sept. 4, a Tuesday.