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Youngsville commissioners add seats to ABC Board

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YOUNGSVILLE — Through two resolutions, the Youngsville Board of Commissioners approved an overhaul of their local Alcohol Beverage Control Board at their April 11 meeting.

The first resolution was approving compensation of $599 per year for a three-year term. The resolution also stated the expectation for members to attend regular board meetings and remain active with board activities. The second resolution dealt with expanding the ABC Board from three members to five.

The move is seen as preparation for the town to undertake various capital projects. The two new ABC Board seat vacancies are set to be approved by the town board at an upcoming meeting.

The board also passed a resolution that removes a 100-percent cap on satellite annexations by the town. The move was seen as needed due to the number of voluntary annexation petitions coming through the town’s administrative office. The repealed cap means that the town forfeits authority to force satellite annexation and that annexation would be done on a strictly voluntary basis.

In budget matters, Joclyn Patterson, the town’s financial officer, presented the town budget ordinance for the 2020 fiscal year. Highlights of the proposed ordinance includes a reduced tax rate from 66 cents to 65.5 cents, vehicle fees increase from $5 to $20, and solid waste fees increase by 10 percent. The ordinance also fully funds seven new police vehicles, new Luddy Park lights, and discontinues the town’s 2 percent tax pre-payment incentive.

The board approved a public hearing on the ordinance set for May 9.

The next meeting of the Youngsville Board of Commissioners is scheduled for May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Youngsville Community House, 115 E. Main St.