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, Wilson County News September 26, 2012 2,647 views 2 comments
FLORESVILLE -- Despite no city ordinance outlawing the practice of “texting” while driving, the Floresville City Council at its Sept. 21 special meeting approved a proclamation to encourage citizens to refrain from the practice. The meeting, which began at 10 a.m., lasted just five minutes.
The proclamation declared Sept. 19 “Texting and Driving -- It Can Wait Day.”
Mayor Daniel Tejada said following the meeting that the council, for at least two years, has talked about introducing an ordinance to prohibit motorists from using their mobile devices to send text messages while driving. He said he might attempt to place the item on a future council agenda.
(Sept. 21, 2012 meeting)
Also during the meeting, the council voted to allow the Floresville Housing Authority to accept housing choice vouchers issued by the Hallettsville Housing Authority. Floresville already accepts similar vouchers issued in Yoakum.
A taxing issue
In other business, the council held its second public hearing on the proposed 2013 fiscal year tax rate. This is despite the meeting’s agenda referring to the “2012 proposed tax rate.”
Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok was the only one to speak during the brief hearing. She said that the council again has proposed an ad valorem tax rate of 32.27 cents per $100 of assessed property value. This rate was first adopted in 1999.
While the rate has remained unchanged for more than a decade, it will mean a slightly increased tax bill for the average property owner within Floresville’s city limits. According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average residence in Floresville has a taxable value of $101,508. Therefore, the average tax bill would be $327.57.
If the council chooses to continue with this rate, it would mean tax bills could increase 16 cents. Last year, when the average home had a taxable value of $101,461, the average tax bill was $327.41.
The hearing marked the second attempt at the city’s second tax-rate hearing. On Sept. 17, the council canceled the hearing, due to the lack of a quorum. On that date, more finger pointing took place at City Hall as Tejada chided councilmen John Guerrero and Mario Morones for not attending and asked City Manager Andy Joslin what consequences the city could enact.
“We gotta adopt the tax rate and the budget this month,” Joslin said. “If not, we revert to last year’s budget and the effective tax rate.”
Tejada then asked what would happen if the council did not ratify the tax rate.
“If the tax rate is not ratified, then the tax bills cannot be printed and at that point we will collect no taxes,” Pollok said.
In an attempt to reschedule the hearing for a time convenient for all councilmen, Joslin asked openly when another meeting could be called.
“Maybe call another lawsuit,” Tejada answered.
“Because we need them here, man, that’s for sure,” added Councilman Johnnie Gomez.
Both Morones and Guerrero, who were not present Sept. 17, also were absent from the Sept. 21 meeting.
(Sept. 17, 2012 meeting, no quorum)
***In attendance: Mayor Daniel Tejada and councilmen Jesse Christopher Flores, Sherry Martinez Castillo, and Johnnie R. Gomez; Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok, City Secretary Margaret Aranda, Finance Director Fonda Kellner, Executive Director Jesse Perez of the Floresville Economic Development Corp.; and Lt. Jesse Evins and Detective George Ortiz of the Floresville Police Department.
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