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Poth council proposes $1.5M budget for FY ’15
Wilson County NewsAugust 27, 2014 | 2,215 views | 1 comment
The Poth City Council has proposed a total budget of $1,529,240 for the 2015 fiscal year, following a budget workshop that preceded its Aug. 18 regular meeting.
The budget -- which is up for a vote in September -- includes $620,180 for the city’s general fund. The remaining $909,060 is for water works -- which funds Poth’s water and sewer systems and refuse collection.
The council proposes supporting the budget with an ad valorem tax rate of 25.3 cents per $100 of taxable property value -- the same as the current rate. According to the Wilson County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a residence in Poth was certified at $105,914 for 2014. Therefore, if the proposed rate is adopted, residents will pay an average in $267.96 in taxes to the city. This is $4.10 more than last year’s average tax bill of $263.86, when the average home had a certified taxable value of $104,294.
Citizens will have the opportunity to weigh in on both the budget and tax rate during a public hearing set for Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.
In addition to tax bills, fees for water and sewer services also are set to increase. This is after the council’s approval of a new rate ordinance set to take effect in October.
Residential water customers living in the city limits will pay a base rate of $21.16 per month for the first 2,000 gallons, with $2.55 being charged per additional 1,000 gallons. Under the previous ordinance, the minimum usage threshold was 3,000 gallons.
The amount paid for sewage pumped exceeding 1,000 gallons will increase by 3 percent. Residents will pay a base rate of $19.28 plus an average of November, December, and January’s usage per 1,000 gallons at a rate of $1.33.
Residential refuse rates will remain at $17 per month. However, it will cost $8 per additional 96-gallon receptacle.
Also during the meeting, the council voted to table a request by Police Chief Lowell Hull to spend $7,700 left from an insurance settlement to purchase a second-hand CopSync setup for one of the department’s marked patrol vehicles, a handheld radar gun, and a vehicle. Of that amount, $4,200 is being requested for the purchase of a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor from the Texas Facilities Commission.
In other business, Wilson County Library Director Nicki Stohr introduced herself to the council members and informed them of the new branch library that soon will open in Poth. (See “Library coming to Poth, county bans burning,” Aug. 13.)
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