Council focuses on finances, police

From left, retiring police Chief Steve Cropper, Wayne Edwards, Terika Williams-Walker, Interim Mayor Tommy Davis, Vincen Bradford, Michael Roy and Pam Bloxom.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The final 2022 Minden City Council meeting Monday was short, sweet and focused mostly on finances and police reports.

Interim City Clerk Michael Fluhr pointed out that the city’s fiscal year has already begun.

“For the month of October, the city collected $679,818 without TIF,” Fluhr said, referring to Tax Increment Financing which is a voluntary tax. “Previous year (for October) collection was $578,178, and the budgeted amount was $608,333.”

Fluhr said the $679,000 includes delinquent tax money of more than $65,000, a result of a “substantial” audit by the Sales Use & Tax Commission.

“We are doing good, we are over budget,” Fluhr said. “In the bank, we have $24.4 million. The previous month, it was $22.3 million and previous year, it was $90.4 million.”

Fluhr said the city has received its second American Rescue Plan boost of $2.2 million. The first installment of $2.2 million must be spent by 2024, he said. Second installment must be spent by 2026.

Police Report

Retiring Police Chief Steve Cropper told council members that his department received a total number of calls for service of 764 in November.

“District A had 112, B was 205, C was 95, D was 44 and E was 120,” said the chief. “There were 10 out of jurisdiction which were prisoner transports.”

Cropper said there 139 total incidents reported.

District A: 40, District B: 32, District C: 38, District D: 13 and District E: 14. One was out of jursidiction.

Total arrests for November: 60. District A: 15, District B: 19, District C: 12, District D: 0 and District E: 7. Four were out of jurisdiction.

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