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    Posted: Aug 19 2020 at 9:21pm

Before adopting a budget, cities in Texas are obliged to give their citizens an opportunity to ask questions and make comments on that budget’s content.  It’s called a “public hearing”. 

The city council has proposed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  The public’s chance to weigh in on that budget will be at the council’s regularly-scheduled meeting on August 20, 2020 (agenda item #8 is a public hearing).    

The proposed budget in its entirety can be found at

Some items of note: 

Property tax: 

Each year, the city council sets a property tax rate of X number of dollars for every $100 of the taxable value of property within its jurisdiction.   Last year, that rate was $0.423843

This year, the city proposes to raise that rate by $0.01478, bringing the total rate to $0.438623. 

That means that … since the average property in the city is valued at $52,067 … the average property owner will pay $228.38, a total increase of $7.70 over the amount paid last year if the property was valued at $52,067 last year.   

Water Rates: 

You can’t tell by reading the utility bill you receive, but your water charge actually consists of two parts:  (1) a charge for the privilege of being connected to the city’s distribution system and using its meter … called “base” charge; and (2) another charge for the water itself, called “consumption” charge.    

If you live within the city, you currently pay a “base” charge of $41.50 each month.  If you live outside the city, you’re now paying $64.66.   Inside or outside the city, the “consumption” charge is the same:  a minimum of $4.59 plus the same amount for the second 1,000 gallons you use. 

The council is proposing to raise both “base” charges by $1.50.   The new “base” for those inside city limits will be $43.00.  Those living outside city limits will pay $66.16.

The council also proposes to raise the “consumption” rate for both by $0.60.  The new “consumption” rate for both will be $5.19. 

Employee Benefits

The council has received responses to their request for bids to cover employee health insurance.  While no carrier(s) have been selected yet, responses have indicated that costs for coverage may increase as much as 31+%. 

**(These are my own comments.  Additions and corrections to the above are welcomed.)

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