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No quorum at Floresville public hearings
Wilson County NewsSeptember 5, 2012 | 2,825 views | 2 comments
FLORESVILLE -- The coming fiscal year’s budget continues to hang in limbo after the Floresville City Council failed to muster a quorum for the Aug. 28 and Aug. 30 public hearings on the budget and tax rate.
Mayor Daniel Tejada was absent from both meetings, as he was out of town for personal reasons.
Mayor Pro tem Jesse C. Flores also was absent from the Aug. 28 meeting, as was Councilman John Guerrero.
Sherry M. Castillo was the only councilman to appear at the Aug. 30 public hearing.
Candidates Jim Miller and Diana Garza, who are running for City Council, Place 1, and mayor, respectively, were in attendance for both meetings.
“I would just like to make it clear that the candidates are here for the people,” Garza said. “We are in attendance and plan to represent the people, once elected.”
“It’s obvious that councilmen Morones and Guerrero aren’t getting the answers they are looking for and if that’s the case, I support their decision to hold out for answers going forward,” Miller said. “If the new budget doesn’t get adopted, it will revert to last year’s budget. Also, the tax rate should revert to the effective tax rate; that’s how I understand it. There’s a $400,000 increase in sales and property taxes in this year’s budget, which will not be realized. Since that isn’t going to be realized, that means next year’s budget is suspect.”
Mayor Daniel Tejada said Aug. 31 by phone there could be consequences if the new budget is not approved by the deadline.
“There are several items which weren’t part of last year’s budget that could be impacted if the new budget isn’t passed,” Tejada said. “The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and new employees that are needed and that the city planned to hire could be affected. I am mainly concerned about the CBA, because that was a large increase in the new budget of about $90,000.”
According to the city charter, the city manager has the authority to move funds around between accounts as needed to facilitate expenditures/meet costs. If needed, City Manager Andy Joslin possibly could shift funds into the police department fund from elsewhere in the budget in order to stay compliant with the CBA.
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