Henderson Commissioners Talk Smoking Ordinance, Property Taxes

The Henderson Board of Commissioners collaborated on issues that impact the entire city Monday night.

The first issue was about possibly making changes to the city’s smoking ordinance. 

One change would ban e-cigs and vapors where cigarettes are not allowed. People could still vape in vape shops.

There was some more discussion on possibly setting a minimum distance that a smoker must be from a building. The discussion will carry over to next month’s meeting.

The commission also debated about a couple of proposals to cut property taxes.

Commissioner Robert Pruitt says property taxes in Henderson are 'out of whack.' He wants to cut between $500,000 and $1 million.

Another plan would cut nearly $3 million in property taxes. Pruitt said that proposal would place a big burden on some people who can’t afford an extra bill every week.

"We can't get it all back in one year. Because if we do it, then we are going to hurt a bunch of people who are struggling already and we're going to take more out of their pockets. Some people up here have the notion that $8 more a week is not going to hurt them, they can afford to do that. To me, the people that I know, $8 or whatever extra is going to hurt them."

Pruitt said cutting property taxes is something the commission needs to do. He hopes the other commissioners can agree on a figure closer to his numbers.
 


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