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La Vernia council meets McGruff, sets tax rate
McGruff, the crime dog, and National Association of Town Watch mascot, the Knight, meet city officials Sept. 17 during a council meeting. The mascots were present as Mayor Robert Gregory signed a proclamation for La Vernia’s participation Tuesday, Oct. 2, in National Night Out at the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department station on U.S. 87. (PASCALLE BIPPERT)
LA VERNIA -- The La Vernia City Council has approved a tax rate and budget for the coming fiscal year, and the city’s participation in National Night Out, following two council meetings in less than a week.
Mayor Robert Gregory signed a proclamation Sept. 17 during a special city council meeting, committing the city to play a part in National Night Out Tuesday, Oct. 2.
During the Monday evening meeting, the council and several members of the public met McGruff, the crime dog, and the Knight, the mascot for the National Association of Town Watch, as the council approved the city’s participation in National Night Out, an event that encourages people to get to know their neighbors and participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” La Vernia’s event will be Oct. 2 at the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department station on U.S. 87.
The meeting was preceded by a public hearing on the city’s proposed 2012-13 fiscal year budget and the proposed tax rate of 20.08 cents per $100 of valuation. This is comprised of 17.74 cents for maintenance and operation and 2.34 cents for debt service. No members of the public addressed the council during the hearing, according to City Secretary/Treasurer Angela Cantu, who added that no changes were made to the budget.
The budget and tax rate were the sole items of business for council members Sept. 21.
During the brief -- less than five minutes -- council meeting Friday, council members approved the tax rate and budget.
According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a home in La Vernia is $140,787. At the approved rate, a tax bill for such a property will be $282.70.
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