With the City of Dunsmuir currently running with a budget deficit, the council members have agreed that raising the TUT is a good idea, but they were unable to agree on when to place it on the ballot, either in March or November. The deadline to place an item on the March ballot is Oct. 30.

The Dunsmuir City Council is considering placing a measure on the March 2020 ballot to increase Transactions and Use Tax (TUT).

The current rate is 1.5 percent in addition to sales tax in Dunsmuir. It was agreed during the Sept. 19 meeting that increasing this tax by one percent will support the amount of time Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies patrol the streets and help keep local programs such as the Dunsmuir Library, the Recreation Center, the Botanical Gardens and the Community Pool.

With the City of Dunsmuir currently running with a budget deficit, the council members have agreed that raising the TUT is a good idea, but they were unable to agree on when to place it on the ballot, either in March or November. The deadline to place an item on the March ballot is Oct. 30.

Council Member Bruce Deutsch said delaying placing this measure on the ballot will give more time to educate the public on the importance of voting in favor of this increase.

Also increasing the Transient and Occupancy Tax (TOT) will not necessarily affect local residents but it could impact Dunsmuir tourism, since it is a tax on hotels and bed and breakfasts. The council said they want to first refer the idea to the planning commission prior to approving the increase from 10 percent to 12 percent.

Meeting dates changed

Due to some of council members’ schedules, the regular city council meetings for October 3rd and 17th have been cancelled and a council meeting will instead be held on Oct. 24. In addition, there will be a special council meeting on Oct. 1 for possible action regarding the TOT increase in the City of Dunsmuir.

Wastewater

In other business, City Manager Todd Juhasz gave an update on the Wastewater 3 position. The position is budgeted for $60,000 but the minimum for this position is between $60-$85,000 in other cities similar to Dunsmuir.

The council agreed to place this on the next meeting agenda for discussion and possible alterations.

Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance changes were reviewed by Mayor Juliana Lucchesi.

The council approved an easement for LS Networks to install fiberoptics near the Dunsmuir Airport. Representative for LS Networks, Anthony Erwin came from Oregon to make the request. This 3,500-foot easement is for cellular sites from Yreka to McCloud, including the Mt. Shasta Ski Park.

Council members agreed that communication needs to be reestablished between the City of Dunsmuir and Union Pacific . Councilor Dave Keisler said the 1727 train restoration project should be a memorial to Bruce Petty, who passed away last week. Petty was very involved with the railroad, Keisler said.

Sheriff’s report

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office spent 523 hours patrolling in Dunsmuir, 160 calls, including self-initiated, 21 total cases, 37 traffic related stops, 14 citations given, 4 arrests were made, 3 felony arrests, and 6 misdemeanors.

Arrest details: one felony sexual assault and parole violation arrest; one misdemeanor driving on a suspended license arrest on Dunsmuir Avenue; felony and misdemeanor arrest for illegal possession of ammunition violation of probation on Sacramento Avenue; misdemeanor arrest for possession of methamphetamine (.9grams), and possession of drug paraphernalia; misdemeanor warrant arrest on Siskiyou Avenue. Calls for service: one petty theft on Dunsmuir Avenue, one assault and battery on Siskiyou Avenue, six trespassing on Dunsmuir and Sacramento Avenues, and 12 disturbing the peace.

SCORE

Juhasz and Financial Officer Blake Michaelson are now on the executive committee of SCORE-Small Cities Organized Risk Effort joint powers authority for the City of Dunsmuir. SCORE Administrator Marcus Beverly gave a presentation to the council detailing the effort.

SCORE is a Joint Powers Authority and was formed to help reduce insurance costs overall. It is an association of municipalities joined to protect member resources by stabilizing risk cost while providing members with broad coverage in risks and claims management.

SCORE programs include auto and public official liability, workers’ compensation, property, crime/fidelity, cyber liability and pollution. Optional programs that are available is for flood and earthquake though it does cover fire with a $500,000 deductible, $750,000 for infrastructure.