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WCN Correspondent
August 1, 2012 | 1,761 views | 9 comments

FLORESVILLE -- The city’s new comptroller has presented a proposed budget to the Floresville City Council; this was the focus of a July 24 budget workshop here.

Comptroller Tom Smith presented the document for discussion by Mayor Daniel Tejada and councilmen Johnnie R. Gomez, Jesse C. Flores, John W. Guerrero, and Sherry Martinez Castillo.

Changes and additions to the current methods of funding salaries were outlined by Smith. In an effort to alleviate the payroll burden to the administration department, Smith proposed an equal split of the salaries for the comptroller and city manager between the water/sewer and administration budgets.

“It will be beneficial to the city,” said City Manager Andy Joslin. “Tom has been hard at work to come up with a budget that takes into account what the city needs, such as wastewater treatment. He has created a new system to be sure we are in compliance with our charter.”

One of the larger sources of revenue calculated into the new budget is from hotel taxes. Prior to the current fiscal year, the hotel taxes were not put into their own fund; therefore, only $6,546 was audited for this revenue stream previously. The current budget includes $90,000 from this source, but the proposed budget projects $240,000 in hotel/motel taxes. For the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013, the proposed budget projects revenue of $300,000 in hotel/motel taxes.

“With several new hotels opening in the city, the revenue the city expects has gone up,” Mayor Daniel Tejada said.

City officials also debated whether to lower the payroll increase to a maximum of 3 percent. Currently, the proposed budget calls for merit-based payroll increases of up to 5 percent.

Floresville Budget Workshop
July 24
In attendance: Mayor Daniel Tejada; councilmen Johnnie R. Gomez, Jesse C. Flores, John W. Guerrero, and Sherry Martinez Castillo; City Manager Andy Joslin; City Secretary Margaret Aranda; Comptroller Tom Smith; Constituent Liason Sherry Pollok; and Finance Director Fonda Kellner.
 

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Ex-Tiger  
CA  
August 2, 2012 10:54pm
 
Wow! I am really wondering what is going through the minds of your FEDC members. I currently live in the L.A. area where my kids play travel ball at complexes like the one that will be built in Floresville. These complexes ... More ›

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
August 2, 2012 5:24pm
 
Darn you and your superb math skills, Jim. How dare you expose the truth!

 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
August 2, 2012 3:40pm
 
Just a quick review of this budget should sound the alarms to the taxpayers of the City of Floresville and those who are doing business in the City of Floresville. The second page of the document notes the following regarding ... More ›

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
August 2, 2012 2:07pm
 
Perhaps the new "sports complex" could have a colosseum. Then we could feed the current city council and the FEDC members to the lions. Now that would be worth the cost.

 
SuprF  
Floresville  
August 2, 2012 7:09am
 
I thought taxes weren't going up? There is a projected increase in property tax revenue of 8.4%.

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
August 1, 2012 1:20pm
 
They don't have a plan for the sports center. My mind boggles at this stuff. Jesse stated at the FECD meeting - this money is for the sports complex only - and looked at one of the board members - saying this is not for ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 1, 2012 1:11pm
 
Sounds like they are basing it on what they expect to make instead of knowing what they have in the bank currently. Doesn't sound like a good business decision. Bargain this is the mayor wanting it his way before he departs. ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 1, 2012 12:46pm
 
And all these "gonna get" funds are sufficient to take care of all these things and fund the FEDC so they can make the payments on the sports complex. What about collecting the money and then spending it on essentials.

 
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Floresville  
August 1, 2012 8:59am
 
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