Kayla Fleming/For the Times Lafayette City Recorder Cheryl Huntsman, Lafayette Mayor Richard Driver, Lafayette City Attorney Jimmy White, council member Pam Cothron and council member Seth Blankenship discussed the city’s 2019-2020 budget at a special-called meeting held on June 25.

Kayla Fleming/For the Times

Lafayette City Recorder Cheryl Huntsman, Lafayette Mayor Richard Driver, Lafayette City Attorney Jimmy White, council member Pam Cothron and council member Seth Blankenship discussed the city’s 2019-2020 budget at a special-called meeting held on June 25.

The Lafayette City Council met on June 25 to approve the city's 2019-2020 budget, as well as approving a certified property tax for the city for the upcoming fiscal year.

The council approved a property tax rate of 70 cents per $100 per accessed value on all real and personal property for the purpose of funding the general fund service.

The council also approved a 75-cent cost of living increase for the top and bottom of current pay scales.

Council member Roger Russell voted no on the ordinance, saying that he felt that 50 cents would be more appropriate. Russell said that he believed that 50 cents would be more on par with the communities around Lafayette, as well as the state of Tennessee.

The ordinance passed by a 4-1 vote, with Russell voting no and council member Jerry Willmore being absent.

The council also voted to rezone property located at the north side of Days Road, to the east of the Highway 52 Bypass. The property was rezoned from residential to commercial.

Additionally, the council approved annual write-offs for uncollectable utility accounts.