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Section A: General News


Six police SUVs top Floresville budget wish list


Six police SUVs top Floresville budget wish list
Members of the Floresville Police Officers Association present a plaque to Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin in appreciation of his service to the city during the Aug. 8 Floresville City Council meeting.


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Wilson County News
August 14, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- Six new police-packaged Chevrolet Tahoe sport-utility vehicles are among the $671,000 in new spending proposed in the general fund portion of Floresville’s 2014 fiscal year budget. The city council discussed the proposed budget, and the tax rate necessary to support it, at an Aug. 8 budget workshop prior to the regular council meeting.

The Tahoes -- valued at $45,000 each, for a total expenditure of $270,000 -- are among the reasons why Councilman Eric Rodriguez suggested a meeting with representatives of the Floresville Police Department in hopes of reaching a compromise. The department already is the recipient of an additional $79,540 in total salary increases subject to its collective-bargaining agreement.

Other proposed new general-fund spending includes:

•Increase in fund-balance reduction -- $22,016

•Merit allocations, 3- to 5-percent average, for all employees, except police officers -- $159,086

•Salary and benefits for three additional police officers -- $152,172

•Changing a warrant officer from part-time to full- time -- $23,186

•Six digital cameras for police vehicles, at $5,500 each -- $33,000

•Scag Turf Tiger 61-inch zero-turn mower for Parks Department -- $11,540.

Based upon these requests, and the city’s pre-existing obligations, City Manager Andy Joslin said it would take an ad valorem tax rate of 57.25 cents per $100 of assessed property value to support the budget in its current form. If approved, this would mean more than an 80-percent increase in the property-tax rate over the current 31.78-cent rate. However, according to city Comptroller Lara Feagins, the rollback rate calculated by the Wilson County Appraisal District is 32.23 cents. By law, citizens could call for an election if the adopted rate exceeds this figure.

Joslin, whose resignation as city manager was effective Aug. 9, suggested the council adopt a tax rate equal to the rollback rate. This would mean some cuts to the proposed budget.

Following the budget workshop, at the city council meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance “establishing a collections penalty of 30 percent for debts and accounts receivable ordered paid by the municipal court of the city of Floresville more than 60 days past due.” Indigent defendants would be exempted from the requirement. The council also voted to hire Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson to facilitate this process. The two-year contract would not cost the city; attorney Jeff Garcia, who works for the firm, said the 30-percent collection fee is paid to Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson upon final review of the case by Municipal Judge Sheila Garza-Medina.

In other business, the council made these presentations for the city’s employees of the month:

•July -- Hector Ybarra, streets department.

•August -- Lara Feagins, city comptroller.

In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Mario Morones, John W. Guerrero, and Eric Rodriguez; City Manager Andy Joslin, City Attorney Louis Rosenberg, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, Assistant City Secretary Monica Cordova, City Comptroller Lara Feagins, Municipal Judge Sheila Garza-Medina, Bailiff Albert Litterio, Cyndi Nichols of the city Permits and Code Compliance office, and Project Manager for New Development Albert Barrientes

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Your Opinions and Comments

 
Eric  
Floresville  
September 2, 2013 9:30pm
 
The way I read it one pd car only had $14 worth of maintenance done as of June. If read this right they need to be taught about routine maintenance and maybe the vehicles would last much longer. Looks like lack maintenance is ... More ›

 
The Knowledgebox  
Doghouse  
August 31, 2013 12:14am
 
Honestly Marcelina, it's not a "need," it's a "want."

 
What is right?  
Floresville  
August 26, 2013 5:10pm
 
Well muse that would be the man behind the PD puppet...give you a hint...puppets initials are LH and the puppet masters are CC and I don't mean the town.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 26, 2013 1:18pm
 
Whoever came up with the idea of buying six Tahoe's should be immediately transferred to Crystal City.

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
August 24, 2013 12:04pm
 
Be Careful......I too, also enjoy your comments. I merely used your comments as an addition to my low opinion of statements by POOFPO......keep on trucking.....

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 24, 2013 9:26am
 
Chief, in your many comments over the past year or so I have been on here, you have made reference to fishing and catching folks for debate. Since I was mentioned twice in your post, I was taking the liberty of thinking you ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
August 23, 2013 5:22pm
 
Be Careful.....You are correct about POFPO and I have decided to ignore most of his comments in the future. I really don't understand your comment about my trolling you. If any of my comments made you think that, that was not ... More ›

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 23, 2013 2:18pm
 
Prairie, I attempted to allow POFPO to provide some sort of logic and/or possibly provide some verifiable facts to his argument. Additionally, I tried not to be drawn into POFPO's juvenile banter as it is not very good. I ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 23, 2013 9:52am
 
pofpo.....I can only spend a limited amount of time in silly land. you never refute, you you just reply with childish remarks that have nothing to do with my comments. I have a little trouble believing that you are 60 years ... More ›

 
POFPO  
Floresville  
August 22, 2013 6:51pm
 
Ahhhhh... I love the smell of Aramis, Hai Karate and Vitalis in the morning PG. By the way, I was watching Lawrence of Arabia with Valentino the other night. I heard you were the camel trainer :)

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