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Waxahachie: City discusses K-2 ban, tax increase hearings declared

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Waxahachie: City discusses K-2 ban, tax increase hearings declared

WAXAHACHIE - Monday night’s discussion regarding the recent issue with a substance branded as K-2 and sold in stores as incense was received with opposition.

During the regular scheduled council meeting on Monday, Aug.16 , Police Chief Chuck Edge gave a presentation to the council on banning the legal sale of any substance even similar to K-2.

K-2 is known to be smoked, even though the label suggests it not be used for such, where claims of hallucination, excitability and creativity in vision have been reported to occur.

"You get the same effects as smoking marijuana," said Edge.

Two merchants in town have refused to sell the product.

Daniel Wagrowski, an employer with "A Perfect Peace", located on Elm St, said their store has started a petition to keep the incense for sale with more than 60 registered voter’s signatures so far.

"Many responsible adults enjoy the use of K-2," said Wagrowski.

"Your citizens, your taxpayers, need to be able to decide."

The packets are sold retail anywhere from $25-$35, with the market running about $160 per ounce.

"That’s some very expensive incense,"said Edge.

Edge requested the council make a decision for the city to ban the sell as soon as possible, opposed to waiting for the state legislature to come back in session and ban the product.

"If we don’t do something, this will still be available for 6-12 months," said Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem John Wray.

Councilman Chuck Beatty agreed.

The council decided to have City Attorneys Steve and Jim Chapman go over ordinances already effect in other Texas cities and bring back one for the council to vote on during their next meeting.

In other council news, a motion was made for the city to hold two public hearings to increase tax rates by seven cents.

The current tax rate is 61 cents per $100 valuation and if passed, the new rate would be 68 cents per $100.

"The effective tax rate, which is generally thought of the tax rate needed to raise the same amount of revenue from the previous fiscal year minus new property, is $.65 per $100 valuation," said City Manager Paul Stevens.

The hearings are Tuesday, Sept.7 and Thursday,Sept.13 at 7 p.m. with the public encouraged to attend.

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