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Eagle Ford: Stockdale city offices to close for mobile voting
STOCKDALE -- As the country prepares for the Nov. 6 general elections, Wilson County is also preparing by hosting early voting and mobile voting sites. One of the mobile voting sites will be in Stockdale Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Stockdale Community Building (City Hall) is located at 700 West Main St.
Since the creation of Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 is on the ballot, the Stockdale City Council elected to close its offices that day. This action was taken during the Sept. 17 special called meeting of the Stockdale City Council.
City Manager Banks Akin and Councilman Becky Adams spoke in favor of closing the office. Both spoke of the importance of the ESD, since the proposed district will encompass the area covered by the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services.
The council also approved Akin’s request to create a water savings account, and transfer $80,000 from the disbursement fund to this account.
Akin explained that the $33,000 loan payment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Fund, plus $43,000 allocated for administrative fees, has not been used, due to the city waiting for the loan proceeds for a water improvement project from the USDA.
This is the first time the city has extra money to do this, Akin said, which will fulfill a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requirement for capital improvements for the needed elevated storage for the city.
The council also:
•Approved the Stockdale ad valorem tax rate of 34.04 cents per $100 of assessed property value, or a 7-percent increase over the city’s effective tax rate. The new rate is an increase of 0.29 cents, the first increase in three years.
•Approved the Stockdale Independent School District’s request, as presented by Superintendent Paul Darilek during the council’s Sept. 4 meeting, to relocate a fence to make a regulation-sized softball field and to install fluorescent lights at the softball field located in the Stockdale City Park, at no cost to the city.
•Approved two ordinances regarding city utility services. For more, see above.
***n attendance: Mayor Johnny Stahl, councilmen Saul Bosquez, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong, City Manager Banks Akin, and Stockdale Public Works Director David Tillery.
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