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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on August 22, 2006, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas. Mayor Gonzales declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with
the following present:
Mayor Pro Tem Donald Hill Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway
Council Member Rod Hortenstine City Attorney, Ted Hejl
Council Member Ella Jez City
Clerk, Susan Brock
Council Member John McDonald
Chief Jeff Straub led the group in prayer.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward during this time.
WITH FINANCIALS FOR JULY, 2006.
2006-16 ADOPTING THE INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE (IRC) AND THE INTERNATIONAL
BUILDING CODE (IBC)
2006-17 BUDGET AMENDMENT, POLICE CORPORAL POSITION.
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented
and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
FIRST PUBLIC HEARING ON AD VALOREM TAX RATE AND 2006-2007 BUDGET.
a) Introduce Ordinance 2006-18 fixing and levying ad valorem tax rate for
tax year 2006-2007.
Assistant City Manager Jim Dunaway presented information regarding the Effective
Tax Rate. He provided a comparison of different tax rates and the resulting
revenue expected based on current property appraisals. Several scenarios were discussed
for setting the tax rate before recommending it be set at $0.795000 to allow
adequate funding for capital improvement projects while reducing the debt
service. With the rate set at $0.795000, just below the roll back rate, the
anticipated revenue would total approximately $509,000 which could help cover
the costs to repave the streets around the new fire station, and provide funds
to pay for debt service on $1 million for park improvements and another $1
million for the rehabilitation of Sloan Street. Mayor Gonzales declared the
Public Hearing open and invited those present to come forward. With no public
comment, Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing closed. Mr. Hejl read the
caption to Ordinance 2006-18. With no further discussion Mayor Gonzales
declared the Ordinance officially introduced.
b) Introduce Ordinance 2006-19 adopting the 2006-2007 annual budget
excluding “Contributions to Civic Programs”.
Mr. Dunaway presented a recap on specific changes in some operating costs such
as fuel, insurance, and other expenses that have increased and the need to
ensure these increases are included in the proposed budget being presented.
Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-19. With no further discussion,
Mayor Gonzales declared the Ordinance officially introduced.
c) Introduce “Contributions to Civic Programs” from Ordinance 2006-19.
Council Member Hill recused himself from this discussion since he is
employed by CARTS, one of the groups requesting funding from the City. Council
Member Jez requested specific information regarding the CAMPO Work Program and
staff agreed to bring back this information detail before the next scheduled
meeting. Mr. Dunaway provided a brief overview of the other programs and
explained that the funding to TaylorCNET had been reduced due to a change in
program management. It is no longer managed by a full time director and
therefore, all partner contributions were reduced accordingly.
With no further comment or discussion, these items were accepted as
(Council member Hill rejoined the meeting.)
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:53 pm.
Susan Brock, City Clerk