MATTOON — The City Council voted Tuesday evening to establish a moratorium on issuing any permits for recreational or medical cannabis businesses.
City Administrator Kyle Gill said that Mattoon officials, after the holidays, will start developing cannabis business zoning regulations that are consistent with other local regulations in Coles County and with new state statutes.
Mattoon's moratorium, like the one Charleston recently enacted, is set to be effective until May 31.
The council also approved a fiscal year 2020 property tax levy that will seek $4.79 million in revenue, 7.45 percent more than last year. Finance Director Beth Wright has estimated that the city will only receive $4.56 million after the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) in Coles County is applied.
Wright also has estimated that the city's share of the property tax bill for a $100,000 house, for example, will increase by $16.05 per year under the new levy.
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Other council actions included:
— Reappointing Jeff Collings, Mark Cox and Kirk Miller to the Public Works Advisory Board; and appointing Melissa Harden to the Arts Council.
— Declaring city property as surplus available for sale, including a 2015 Ford Taurus and a 2007 Chevrolet Impala.