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City approves funding for sports facility




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August 1, 2012 | 1,573 views | 11 comments

FLORESVILLE -- Continuing its efforts to bring a sports complex to Floresville, the city council here has approved a resolution, which will sidestep a voter petition submitted earlier this summer.

On July 26, the Floresville City Council voted 3-1 to “ratify resolution(s) authorizing financing agreements with Government Capital Corporation to refinance certain debts and for the enhancement and/or expansion of parks and sports facilities ... as agreed and negotiated by the Floresville Economic and Development Corporation” (FEDC), according to the language of the posted agenda.

The total loan amount will be $2,311,374, which includes $211,374 to help the FEDC refinance the balance of a loan from 2001 to purchase the El Rancho Grande Industrial Park property. (See related article, page 2A).

“The refinance portion will be covering the Wells Fargo debt,” said Mayor Daniel Tejada. “The rest of the money will be coming at no extra cost to property-tax payers as it is coming from the sales tax already being collected by the FEDC. This money has been used up until now for infrastructure and roads, but now, with the help of Tara Chumley of Government Capital, the city will finally begin growing our parks and making them tournament quality. The goal is to make Floresville a destination area where teams can come and hold tournaments and bring in more sales-tax revenue.”

The financing is set up on a 25-year term, but there is not a cap on the interest rate, Chumley said.

“The sales tax set up for the FEDC is pledged to pay the loan,” Chumley said.

Floresville citizens directed questions at the council regarding a plan for the facility, to which the mayor responded.

“What we did was to see what the FEDC could afford and we are going to design the plan around that,” Tejada said. “We are planning something like five or six baseball fields and one football field. This is something the city needs; it’s not a top priority, but something the city does need and can benefit from.

“John Longoria was the one who did the needs assessment for the city,” Tejada continued. “The great thing about the way this is financed is that there is no added tax cost to the citizens. If we kill the project ... your sales tax isn’t going to change. If we build 20 projects like this, it’s not going to change.”

Also during the meeting, the council:

•Declared the property at 1002 Sixth St. a nuisance with a dangerous building. The council ordered the property owners or any other legal owners of said property to vacate, repair, or destroy the structure.

•Tabled the appointment of members to the Floresville Event Center Committee (4A) and the city’s parks foundation until such time as applications can be accepted.

•Was presented with a proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 by Tom Smith, comptroller for the city; this was received by City Secretary Margaret Aranda.

 

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 2, 2012 3:05pm
 
Way to go Sam! Beautiful. But much too complicated to be absorbed by those currently, and I stress currently, running City Hall in Floresville. Actually, now that I think about it, its not too complicated. Just common sense. ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 2, 2012 1:53pm
 
Love the videos but have to do a better job with the volume on these videos. Cant hear a thing. Sorry

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
August 2, 2012 1:33pm
 
Humbly, this does affect you, albeit indirectly, because Floresville is the county seat of Wilson County and it's also the county's largest city. Of the three major chain stores where you can buy groceries, two -- Walmart and ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 2, 2012 10:53am
 
Your right Humby, they should be ashamed. But there is no shame in thier game. They are homegrown folks and thier relatives should be ashamed of the arrogance and incompetence they have exhibited. I wonder if this John Longoria ... More ›

 
humby  
stockdale  
August 2, 2012 10:28am
 
not being from floresville this does not effect me personally. But i have to say the arrogance of floresville's leadership is insane. They are elected to do the citizens of floresville's will, not their own. when an entire ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 2, 2012 8:58am
 
Wow, what kind of idiots would sign up for a variable interest rate? I wonder if any of them have that on thier home loans? I bet if it were thier money, they wouldnt be doing it. This Mayor, city manager, FEDC and a few members ... More ›

 
Joann Juhasz  
Floresville, TX  
August 1, 2012 10:44pm
 
The Mayor and some of the City Council continue to amaze me. When I directed questions to Tara from Government Capital Corporation regarding the variable interest rate she nodded her head in agreement that variable loans frequently ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 1, 2012 12:40pm
 
If in fact the FEDC has defaulted in promised payments to the school and now has taken on this sports complex citizens should get an injunction against them to stop the funding of anything until all this is straightened out. ... More ›

 
Beji Amhoudi  
La Vernia  
August 1, 2012 9:31am
 
I will point out, for those who didn't attend the info meeting at the Studio, that this has transpired EXACTLY as Mr. Miller predicted it would. Now the current council can retire and leave the mess for whoever follows them ... More ›

 
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Floresville  
August 1, 2012 9:03am
 
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