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Eagle Ford: Poth shaves a penny off property-tax rate
Poth Mayor Pro Tem Paul Martinez greets Molly Roemer (center) and Joyce Gorden of the Wilson County Memorial VFW Post 8555 Ladies Auxiliary Sept. 16, following the Poth City Council’s proclamation concerning the POW-MIA Recognition Day and Military Suicide Awareness Month.
POTH -- The city council here again has voted in favor of decreasing the ad valorem tax rate. At its Sept. 16 meeting, the Poth City Council voted unanimously in favor of adopting a property-tax rate of 25.3 cents per $100 of taxable value.
For the average taxpayer, the new rate will mean a tax bill that is $6.92 less than last year. That is because the Wilson County Appraisal District certified the average taxable value of a residence within the Poth city limits at $104,294, meaning that the average tax bill will be $263.86. Last year, when the average taxable value was $103,749 and the tax rate was 26.3 cents per $100 of taxable value, the average tax bill was $270.78.
The adopted tax rate includes 17.88 cents per $100 being levied for maintenance and operations, with the remaining 7.42 cents being levied for debt service.
Also during the meeting, the council adopted its fiscal year 2014 budget, which includes an $832,260 budget for water works -- water, sewer, and refuse -- and $621,310 for the general fund. Expenses included in the general fund are:
•$201,854, administrative department
•215,630, Poth Police Department
•$58,800, municipal court
•$12,400, Poth Volunteer Fire Department
•$33,700, parks department
•$98,926, streets department.
The council also adopted the Poth Economic Development Corp.’s budget for the coming fiscal year, which forecasts sales-tax proceeds of $56,500.
In other action, the council voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Travis Pruski to ask the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study to determine whether a traffic light is needed at the intersection of U.S. 181 and F.M. 427. This is despite the agenda item for this topic being related to “discussion and action on speed limit on U.S. Hwy 181 in city limits.”
The council also received police Chief Lowell Hull’s monthly report, in which he informed the council that the department recently purchased two surplus Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor patrol cars from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Hull said both vehicles have been repainted. One vehicle will be a marked unit, bearing black over white paint -- similar to the new San Antonio Police Department color scheme.
The other vehicle is all black and will have translucent, “stealth” graphics. The highly reflective graphics are not immediately visible in daylight, because they closely match the car’s color.
In attendance: Mayor Pro Tem Paul Martinez and councilmen Jason Smolka, Eric Ramirez, and Darren Dylla; City Secretary Rose Huizar, Municipal Judge Hilda Tejada, and Public Works Supervisor Kenneth “Buck” Griffin; and Chief Lowell Hull and Sgt. Jonathan Kurtz of the Poth Police Department.
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