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Forest Park resident Kimberly James listens to City Attorney Joe Harris explain the changes in the Occupational Tax ordinance.
FOREST PARK — An announcement about the future status of Forest Park Mayor Corine Deyton could be made in about two weeks, said city officials Monday night.
City Manager John Parker said Deyton will “probably” be coming back in two weeks to make her announcement.
“She will be ready to make a statement at that time,” he said. “After Labor Day.”
The Council’s first September meeting will be the day after the holiday.
Deyton has been on a paid leave of absence related to health issues, said City Attorney Robert Mack. Mayor Pro Tem Sparkle Adams has been acting mayor in Deyton’s absence.
In other Council business Monday, members approved amending an ordinance governing Occupational Tax and how it is collected. During a public hearing on the issue, City Attorney Joe Harris said the amendment makes “very few changes,” one of which is charging larger corporations more.
“We’ve got a few really large businesses in the city and the existing flat tax keeps them way below what they ought to pay,” said Harris. “Places like Clorox and Sara Lee are paying the same as smaller businesses.”
Harris said a $15,000 cap will be set, and the city will be able to gradually move that cap up over three years.
The amendment also establishes an appeals process and provides for all licenses to expire on Dec. 31 every year.
“This will make everything more uniform,” he said.
Businesses will also make one stop to pay their taxes and get any licenses they need to operate in the city — City Hall.
“This keeps them from having to go all over town,” said Parker. “We’re already putting together correspondence to let people know about the changes so they can be better prepared.”
The Council also approved an intergovernmental agreement allowing Clayton County Public Schools to use Kiwanis Stadium and the concession stand during the football season.
Adams reminded residents interested in getting free energy-saving light bulbs and water-saving devices to contact Keep Forest Park Beautiful starting after Labor Day. She also announced Teen Council will meet Aug. 28.