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Section A: General News


Floresville maintains tax rate


Floresville maintains tax rate
Under the watchful eyes of Floresville Police Department Lt. Chad Clark, Floresville Mayor Daniel Tejada signs the collective bargaining agreement with the department Aug. 9.


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Wilson County News
August 15, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- The tax rate for citizens in Floresville will remain at 32.27 cents per $100 of appraised value, after the city council announced its plans for two public hearings to maintain the same tax rate from previous years.

City officials had been considering raising the rate to compensate for the growth Floresville has been experiencing. During their Aug. 9 meeting, council members voted to keep the rate the same.

Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok and Mayor Daniel Tejada commented before the meeting about the possibility of raising the rate, but Pollok cautioned that the city would not know for sure until the Wilson County Appraisal District released the certified values.

Public hearings will be held at Floresville City Hall on Aug. 21 and 28 at 7 p.m.

Concerns came from citizens in attendance about the possibility of a potential rate increase and the implications of leaving the property-tax rate the same.

“Just because they are not raising the rate, doesn’t mean they are not raising taxes,” said local business owner Jim Miller. “The property values go up every year and if they keep the tax rate the same, then people are paying more money for their taxes. So for them to say that they haven’t raised taxes is misleading.”

“We are proud to say that we haven’t raised taxes in years,” Tejada said. “We have kept that rate since ’99. Floresville is proud to have not raised property taxes on our citizens.”

Also causing heated discussion among the council and citizens was consideration of allowing City Manager Andy Joslin to develop an interagency contract with Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) Executive Director Jesse Perez for “the assumption and responsibility, operation, and maintenance of the recreation and sports complex development by FEDC and to provide a budget and operating strategy/plan for execution for council review/approval.”

“How are we going to maintain the sports complex?” Councilman Mario Morones asked. “Since the FEDC took it over, why don’t we let the FEDC run it? Why bring it back to the city? We need the taxpayers’ money to run it, but we don’t need their vote to approve it? The FEDC should come up with the money to do the study on how much it’s going to cost to fund the maintenance of the park. Let them work on the numbers. This is a bad curve ball from the city.”

Councilman John Guerrero attempted to table the action item to review the numbers. Morones and Guerrero voted to table, but Sherry R. Castillo and Johnnie Gomez voted against it, with the mayor breaking the tie.

“The sports complex is not going to cost any money from the property taxes,” Tejada said. “It will be funded through sales tax. We have been working on this project for six years and I have supported it for six years. This is a good thing for the city.”

Also during the meeting, Gomez decided not to submit his letter of resignation, which was on the agenda for the council’s consideration. He said he would do so at a later date.

In other business, the council:

•Named Eli Torres as the city’s employee of the month.

•Presented Floresville Police Department Sgt. Devin Keen with the city’s service award, on behalf of his fallen canine, Zorro, who succumbed to cancer recently.

•Set public hearing dates for the budget and the property-tax rates for Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Tuesday, Aug. 28. A special meeting to accept the budget and tax rates was set for Thursday, Aug. 30.

•Approved placing the extension of the 1/4-cent streets-maintenance sales tax on the Nov. 6 ballot.

•Tabled consideration and adoption of an investment policy and ordinances relating to 8-liner gaming machines and synthetic drugs.

•Approved an ordinance to initiate a franchise fee for the city’s solid waste contract. The franchise fee calls for other waste vendors to pay Allied Waste for conducting business within the city of Floresville. The city would collect a percentage from the franchise fee.

•Accepted the collective bargaining agreement with the Floresville Police Department. Read more about this in a future issue of the Wilson County News.

•Approved to continue with the auditing services of Holtman Wagner & Co.

•Authorized and directed the city manager to develop revised fees for various permits and plat approval activities, based on “pay as you go” costs, including engineering and professional services. No effective date was given. Read more about this in a future issue of the Wilson County News.

Floresville City Council regular meeting, Aug. 9. In attendance: Mayor Daniel Tejada; councilmen Johnnie R. Gomez, John W. Guerrero, Mario Morones, and Sherry Martinez Castillo; City Secretary Margaret Aranda; City Attorney Louis Rosenberg; Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok; and City Manager Andy Joslin.

 

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Constituent  
Floresville  
August 18, 2012 11:12am
 
Here we go, FEDC called a special meeting for Mon., Aug. 20: http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=45230

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 18, 2012 11:05am
 
He is wrong to resign his position because he won't win his run for mayor unless the mayor and city secretary are counting the votes

 
In the know  
Floresville  
August 17, 2012 11:03am
 
Any more word on Gomez's resignation? Maybe he just wants to be sure he has the correct number of votes to support his replacement. No matter, he can rely on the mayor to break the tie. We're waiting.

 
In the know  
Floresville  
August 16, 2012 5:09pm
 
Steeler Fan; as far as I know, Mrs. Garza will begin her campaign next week after the filing date. Many people have already placed her signs in their yards and she will be distributing pamphlets that describe her leadership ... More ›

 
Steeler Fan  
Floresville  
August 16, 2012 1:54pm
 
Can anyone provide any information on Ms. Garza?

 
In the know  
Floresville  
August 16, 2012 9:58am
 
Spec Ops; that is exactly how it went down. I was there, we knew that was going to happen when Flores did not show up. Gomez did not give a reason, but we had it all figured out. That is how much influence the Mayor has on ... More ›

 
Spec Ops  
Wilson  
August 16, 2012 8:25am
 
He didnt go thru because he knew the Mayor and Mrs Castillo wouldnt be able to appoint someone they wanted. The other council member who always sides with them wasnt there, so if his replacement would have come to a vote, the ... More ›

 
Steeler Fan  
Floresville  
August 16, 2012 8:13am
 
Why didn't Johnnie Gomez go thru with his resignation?

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 16, 2012 6:39am
 
Guess you couldnt handle the truth little d, since you havent come back to answer the questions thrown at you. Its a shame we have elected officials who due to thier arrogance think they can treat citizens here the way you do. ... More ›

 
95 percenter  
Wilson County  
August 16, 2012 4:17am
 
READERS! READERS! Look closely at the picture of the Mayor and Chad. I do not think it "accidental" that the middle finger of his left hand is positioned as it is. This "sign" is the Mayor's message ... More ›

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