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Section A: General News


New Floresville tax rate will mean $60K in budget cuts


New Floresville tax rate will mean $60K in budget cuts
Floresville Mayor Daniel Tejada (center) listens as councilmen Sherry Martinez Castillo and John W. Guerrero disagree over the city’s 2013 fiscal year budget during the Floresville City Council’s Sept. 27 meeting.


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Wilson County News
October 3, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- The city council here now will be tasked with making approximately $60,000 in cuts to the fiscal year 2013 budget, after a 2-1 vote at the Sept. 27 Floresville City Council meeting brought about a reduction in the ad valorem tax rate.

The budget, as unanimously adopted by the council during the meeting, stood at $7,347,650. It included allocations for the hire of Comptroller Lara Feagins and for the city’s new collective bargaining agreement with the Floresville Police Officers Association.

Approval of the budget came after much cajoling from Administrative Services Director Sherry Pollok, City Manager Andy Joslin, and Mayor Daniel Tejada. This was after Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo made a motion to approve the budget, which died for lack of a second. Her motion was followed by one from Councilman John W. Guerrero -- which Councilman Mario Morones seconded -- to disapprove the budget because it lacked appropriations for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Guerrero also questioned the validity of the projected hotel/motel tax revenue.

Joslin said the wastewater treatment plant was not a part of the budget, because the city is planning to begin improvements in 2014. He also said the city was seeking funding sources, which Pollok said included the possible application for a low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“This budget should not be the carrot that is held over, because this budget is a working budget for the city, for the staff, and for the citizens,” Joslin said. “So please reconsider that. There is no reason not to approve this budget.”

Pollok and Joslin assured the council that the presented form of the budget could be amended at a later date, if the council decided to approve it.

When it came to the tax rate, Guerrero moved that the council should adopt the effective tax rate calculated by the Wilson County Appraisal District, which is 31.78 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The effective tax rate is the rate that would allow the city to collect approximately the same amount of property-tax revenue on properties taxed in both the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.

Morones seconded the motion and the two voted in favor. Castillo, however, voted in opposition. Councilmen Johnnie R. Gomez and Jesse Christopher Flores were not present. The council’s action represents the end of the city’s longstanding 32.27-cent tax rate, which first was adopted in 1999.

The reduced rate will mean the budget, approved just prior to the tax rate, must be amended to accommodate approximately $60,000 in cuts.

For city residents, the new rate could result in an average of $4.82 shaved off their tax bills. This is because the appraisal district certified the average value of a home within the Floresville city limits at $101,508. Therefore, under the new tax rate, the average tax bill will be $322.59. This is slightly less than a 1.5 percent difference from last year’s average tax bill of $327.41, when the average taxable value for a home was $101,461.

***In attendance: Mayor Daniel Tejada and councilmen Sherry Martinez Castillo, John W. Guerrero, and Mario Morones; City Manager Andy Joslin, Administrative Services Director Sherry Pollok, Finance Director Fonda Kellner, Comptroller Lara Feagins, Cyndi Nichols of the city permits office; and Chief Lorenzo Herrera and Lt. Chad Clark of the Floresville Police Department.



 

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Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 30, 2013 7:28am
 
Alex, did you read why Mr Guerrero voted against it? Because in him mind, it wasnt putting the money into the waste water treatment. If that had been added, he probably would have approved it. He understands the priority and ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
August 29, 2013 7:36pm
 
Alex, none of these guys are my "boy." I'm just saying you might want to do your research before getting all hot and bothered over the increased water and sewer rates. Here's some examples of why the increases ... More ›

 
Alex Lippert  
Floresville  
August 29, 2013 7:19pm
 
Sam, I did my research like you suggested. Last year, your boy Guerrero lowered the tax rate creating a loss of 60,000. This year,he wants to raise taxes by 46 per cent to fix the pipes ? C'mon, who is the ignorant one ? My ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
October 4, 2012 8:51am
 
Very good point fly. You seem to get it, now if we can just get the mayor and council to understand it. It's tough times for everyone, government can cut back on spending as well

 
Flyguy  
Adkins  
October 4, 2012 7:49am
 
Am I missing something? The gross revenues for the upcoming FY should be equal to the amount from the last FY, shouldn't it. The lower rate times the increase in property value should equal the same as last FY. Was there a $60K ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
October 3, 2012 6:54pm
 
DTR, It was stated at the meeting that the lower trash rates are not reflected in the budget.

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
October 3, 2012 5:36pm
 
That will for sure happen, Tigerlily. We be seeing what is really going on in the City of Floresville finances. Bank records do not lie.

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
October 3, 2012 5:15pm
 
Hoping the new mayor and council will call for a forensic audit to find out how are tax $ is being spent.

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
October 3, 2012 2:58pm
 
The city manager is overpaid and there are probably a few more of the mayors relatives working for city that are overpaid. We just need to look and cut the fat off that we don't need and I'm sure that would be more then enough ... More ›

 
txeagle  
Floresville  
October 3, 2012 2:17pm
 
Hello Floresville Tigers, Hey Eric about the trash bid it was a close bid. IESI, won the close bid. The following week Republic representative showed up and offered a lower bid to the city. Eric, that is why I decided to run ... More ›

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