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Stockdale ETJ utility rates to rise
STOCKDALE -- Citizens residing in Stockdale’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) soon may have to dig a little deeper to pay for their utilities, if their provider is the city of Stockdale, following discussions during the Sept. 4 Stockdale City Council meeting.
During the 2012 Stockdale budget workshops, the council considered increasing the trash rates for those living outside the city limits by 1.4 percent -- the amount that the trash provider will bill the city. Approximately 50 customers could be affected, if approved by an ordinance to adopt the new rates.
In yet another utility issue, Brenda Hanel again returned to the council to question the proposed utility rate charged for water and sewage for RV parks located outside the city limits. During the Aug. 7 council meeting, Mayor Johnny Stahl said the council was considering different rates for RV parks based on location -- within the city limits versus in the ETJ.
City Manager Banks Akin said the proposed monthly base rate for RV parks located within the city limits is $25, while those located in the ETJ will be charged $28. An additional $10-per-unit fee will be charged, whether the spot is occupied or vacant. Those located in the ETJ will be assessed $20 per unit. An additional charge will be based on the amount of water used, with higher prices assessed those in the ETJ. The council has yet to adopt the ordinance for the rate increase.
Stahl emphasized the rate structure for trash and water gives consideration to city property owners who pay ad valorem taxes to fund city services and infrastructure. He said the city did not wish to add to their financial burden.
Annexation as a means to avoid the higher rates entered the discussion, as Hanel’s RV park is in the city’s ETJ. Hanel was noncommittal when Stahl suggested this alternative to her. Stahl added it would be easier if Hanel asked the city to annex the property.
The theme of old business continued as Akin revisited an issue raised by Carl Lambeck during the council’s Aug. 29 budget hearing, regarding sales-tax revenue. Akin said the figure he used in the 2012-13 budget was based on the average monthly revenue of $11,200, not $14,000 as previously stated. He added that the city receives only 66.7 percent of this revenue, and that the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. receives the remaining 33.3 percent.
The council also:
•Heard a presentation from Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) Superintendent Paul Darilek regarding an upgrade of the city’s softball field. The school has acquired used football stadium lights from Shiner ISD for $2,000. Darilek sought permission to install the lights and relocate a fence to make a regulation-sized softball field, at no cost to the city. Since the item was listed only for discussion, it will appear for action at a future meeting.
•Adopted a resolution for the abandonment of 0.12 acres of land located within the city limits that was once part of C.R. 466. The 30-foot-by-120-foot strip of land is located behind All Dolled Up in the southeastern part of the city.
•Appointed Stockdale city Councilman Roger Armstrong to fill the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. seat vacated by Josh Hussong, whose term expires in December.
***In attendance: Mayor Johnny Stahl, councilmen Sherry D. Lambeck, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong, City Manager Banks Akin, City Secretary Thania Santos, Attorney Gary Shank, Stockdale Independent School District Superintendent Paul Darilek, and citizens Brenda Hanel and Royce Wetz.
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