Century delays tax hike vote

Absent council member prevents council to vote on tax hike and proposed new budget

The absence of Century Councilwoman Dynette Lewis prevented the Century Town Council from moving forward with a proposed 290.66 percent increase in the town's property taxes and approving the 2023-2024 budget.

The council scheduled a budget hearing for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to approve the tax increase and pass the budget. Town Clerk Leslie Howington said since the tax increase was more than 290 percent, it required a unanimous vote by the council. With Lewis' absence, the council continued the tentative budget workshop until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at town hall.

Members present Tuesday included i...