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Council approves tax increase, 4-1; K-2 now illegal

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WAXAHACHIE - After many workshops and public hearings, the council made a motion to approve an increase in property taxes Monday, Sept. 20.

The rate, approved 4-1, went up to 68 cents per $100 valuation from the rate of .611208 (a little over 61 cents per $100) which it stood at currently.

Mayor Pro Tem John Wray opposed because he said raising taxes is against his philosophy of government and he does not feel taxes should be increased unless there is a clear voter mandate authorizing the increase (such as a bond election). 

The city tax increase would be approximately $130 per year on a $200,000 home.

According to city officials, the valuation for many homes in Waxahachie decreased from 2009 to 2010.

Simply put, if your place of residence was valued at $200,000 last year, it may not be but $190,000 this year.

In other news, after review by City Attorney Steve Chap-man, an ordinance was passed unanimously to ban the sell or possession of K-2 or any

other substance described as synthetic marijuana, throughout the entire city.

Daniel Wagrowski spoke out against the ordinance one last time.

"K-2 has killed nobody whatsoever," said Wagrowski, an employee for "Pipes of Peace" in Waxahachie.

"I have been to a few of these meetings now and one thing that always comes up is money. You tax alcohol and cigarettes that kill people but something that doesn’t kill people and could bring in more tax, you go ahead and ban it."

The ordinance reads any substance, however marketed, which can reasonably be converted for smoking purposes whether it is presented as incense, tobacco, herbs, spices or any blend thereof with certain chemicals or plant extracts id smoked, purchased, given, or in possession of, could end with the person caught receiving a penalty not to exceed $500.

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