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Stockdale residents dodge rate increase
STOCKDALE -- Stockdale residents might dodge a tax-rate and utility-rate increase this year, according to Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin after the May 13 Stockdale City Council workshop.
The council met briefly to discuss the 2013-14 fiscal budget. Akin said that no utility increase is anticipated at this time. Last fall, city utility customers saw an increase in their water, natural gas, and sewage bills.
After last year’s ad valorem tax rate increase -- set at 34.04 cents per $100 of assessed property value -- Akin said no increase is anticipated. The council is awaiting the final certified numbers from the Wilson County Appraisal District. Preliminary reports list the city’s appraised property value at $50 million. This estimated number is prior to the window of opportunity for property owners to contest the values assessed.
Capital improvements funding of $30,000 to $50,000 was budgeted for the wastewater plant improvements, Akin said. He added that Stockdale was not selected for a $275,000 grant from the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program. The city ranked 13 out of 30, with only seven or eight cities awarded grants. Poth, Floresville, and Wilson County also were not awarded the grants applied for last August. The city of Stockdale would have used the funding for an aerator and construction of a 12-inch service line at its wastewater plant. Other capital improvements, such as for the water facility, are being funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loans received last year.
Regarding a salary increase for city employees, Akin said the issue will be addressed during the council’s next workshop.
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