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Floresville adopts budget, tax rates for FY ’14
Floresville city Comptroller Lara Feagins gives a presentation Sept. 12 about the fiscal year 2014 budget and tax rate to the Floresville City Council.
Wilson County NewsSeptember 18, 2013 2,804 views 13 comments
FLORESVILLE -- After three months of number crunching and tough decisions that eventually led to compromises being made, the Floresville City Council has adopted the city’s fiscal year 2014 budget. All five councilmen are on board with the spending plan, which they approved when they met Sept. 12.
The complete budget includes revenue and expense projections for all city funds. It also has spending plans for both the Floresville 4A Corp. and Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC), both of which the council also approved during the meeting.
The city’s share of the budget totals $7,372,391 (see funds recap below), while the Floresville 4A Corp.’s budget totals $402,000. The FEDC’s budget totals $695,215. Neither corporation is supported by ad valorem taxation, as they are funded primarily by sales-tax proceeds.
Highlights of the adopted budget include:
•Funds being set aside for a 30-percent reduction in the city’s general-fund deficit
•Changing to an employee insurance plan that is 80-percent funded after a policy holder reaches his or her plan deductible. A fully funded plan still is available at an additional expense paid by the employee.
•Increased expenditures related to the amended collective bargaining agreement with the Floresville Police Officers Association.
•Merit raises of 1 to 3 percent for city workers.
The full budget document is available on the city’s website, cityoffloresville.org, in accordance with state law.
Supporting the budget will be an ad valorem tax rate of 32.33 cents per $100 of taxable value, which the council also adopted during the meeting. The tax rate includes 15.47 cents for maintenance and operation, with the remaining 16.86 cents being levied for debt service.
According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of all residential property within the Floresville city limits was certified at $101,398. Therefore, if the council adopts the proposed rate, it would mean an average tax bill of $327.82. This is a $5.23 increase over last year’s average tax bill of $322.59, when the average taxable value was $101,508 and the tax rate was 31.78 cents per $100 of taxable value.
Also related to finance, the council voted to grant interim City Manager Reggie Winters’ request to approve paying for emergency equipment repairs. Winters said the rear end on a front-end loader recently failed and will cost an estimated $15,100 to replace. Repairing the 1997 Volvo L70 is considerably less costly than replacing the unit, which Comptroller Lara Feagins said would cost $35,000 to $60,000.
A sludge truck also has broken down, Winters said. This will cost an estimated $1,300 to repair.
“Every few days the truck is out of service, we have to pay someone to haul the sludge,” he said. “In five loads, we’ll pay the same as what it costs to repair it.”
In other business, the council voted to direct the city manager to review and assess the availability of public utilities and facilities for The Lakes residential subdivision. The project, which initially was proposed in 2005, hit a standstill amid the nation’s economic crisis in 2008. Attorney Dan Davis and engineer Adam Bo Wall said the project’s developers -- Floresville Lakes Limited -- are planning to resume work, with approximately 52 residential lots set for development in the first phase.
The Lakes is being built on Katy Lane, located off U.S. 181, bordering the southeastern edge of the city limits. Councilman Jim Miller asked the developer’s representatives to consider voluntary annexation of the 250-acre site so that efficient delivery of wastewater services could occur.
The council also:
•Voted to approve an interlocal agreement with the FEDC, under which the city would allow the corporation’s employees to take advantage of the city’s health-insurance and retirement benefits.
•Approved the recommendation of the Floresville Planning & Zoning Commission for a special-use permit for the Pecan Springs RV Park on Sutherland Springs Road. (See related article, below.)
•Voted not to approve a conflict of interest waiver for the city attorney related to allowing him and the city manager to negotiate with the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department toward the drafting of a service-provider agreement. While no such agreement exists between the city and the fire department, the two entities both are represented by the Law Offices of Louis T. Rosenberg.
In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Jim Miller, Mario Morones, John W. Guerrero, Sherry Martinez Castillo, and Eric Rodriguez; interim City Manager Reggie Winters, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, Administrative Assistant Monica Cordova, Cyndi Nichols of the city’s permits and code compliance office, Municipal Judge Sheila Garza Medina, Comptroller Lara Feagins, interim Executive Director Raymond “Ram” Ramirez of the Floresville Economic Development Corp., Gloria Estrada Martinez of the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center, and Attorney Chris Hugg of the Law Offices of Louis T. Rosenberg.
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