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February 13, 2013 | 1,481 views | 2 comments

STOCKDALE -- Stockdale residents will be asked to consider an increase in the city’s sales-tax rate in a May 11 special election. This, and annexation of property, were on the agenda during the Feb. 5 Stockdale City Council meeting.

Voters will decide whether to increase the local sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of 1 percent. The additional revenue, if the tax is approved, will be used for the maintenance and repair of streets within the city limits.

Currently, the city sales tax is 1.5 percent. Of this, the city’s share is 1 percent, with the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. (SEDC) receiving 0.5 percent.

The Stockdale City Council members approved to call a special election to be held in conjunction with the general election set for Saturday, May 11, when the mayor and two city council seats will be decided. This was just one of several ordinances the council discussed.

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Another ordinance approved pertains to the annexation of property within the Stockdale Industrial Park that was not annexed in November 2006. City Manager Banks Akin was instructed to proceed with the annexation process for 6.45 acres, owned by the SEDC and not annexed in 2006. The council also instructed Akin to include property once used by the railroad that splits the industrial park into two sections.

The council also heard from SEDC Secretary Gary West regarding the 2012-13 SEDC budget. Projected income includes $72,000 from sales taxes and $90,000 for sales of property within the industrial park, for a total of $162,000.

Projected expenditures total $91,150. This includes $50,000 to plug orphaned oil and gas wells found within the park, $26,000 for debt service to the city of Stockdale, and expenses related to business park lots in the amount of $9,000.

The fund balance as of Oct. 1 was $92,009, and the note balance was listed at $97,266.41.

West explained that the SEDC’s main goal for 2013 is to resolve the abandoned wells, making the property more marketable.

Mayor Johnny Stahl complimented the present SEDC board for submitting the financial report “on time” and for setting this goal.

In other business, the council:

•Repealed an ordinance that prohibited changeable electric signs within the city limits.

•Heard from Stockdale Fire Marshal David Rice regarding the city’s need to update the International Code Ordinance. Rice said a fee schedule and a violation schedule are needed. The item was tabled until a workshop is held.

•Held a public hearing for a zoning change. See story this page for more.

In attendance: Mayor Johnny Stahl; councilmen Sherry D. Lambeck, Scott Soden, Saul Bosquez, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong; City Manager Banks Akin, City Secretary Thania Santos, Stockdale Public Works Director David Tillery, and Stockdale Fire Marshal David Rice.
 

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February 18, 2013 11:25am
 
footballfan, I couldnt agree more!

 
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February 14, 2013 11:06am
 
higher water costs, higher gas costs, higher trash costs, higher city taxes, and now a vote for higher sales tax. Along with absurd city ordinances that restrictions closely mirror restrictions you would expect to see if you ... More ›

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