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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on August 29, 2006, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Bernabe Gonzales declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Pro Tem Donald Hill                                Frank Salvato, City Manager

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                      Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member Ella Jez                                     City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member John McDonald                       City Clerk, Susan Brock

                                                                                   

INVOCATION

Council Member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

TAX RATE COMPARISON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RATE

BREAKDOWN

$100,000 HOME

TOTAL TAXES PAID

$82,922 HOME*

TOTAL TAXES PAID

 

M&O

I&S

M&O

I&S

 

M&0

I&S

 

2005-06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$0.786500

 $0.569800

 $0.216700

$569.80

$216.70

$786.50

$472.49

$179.69

$652.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006-07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$0.795000

 $0.596530

 $0.198470

$596.53

$198.47

$795.00

$494.66

$164.58

$659.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 TOTALS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+$0.008500

+$0.02673

-$0.01823

+$26.73

-$18.23

+$8.50

+$22.17

-$15.11

+$7.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*2006-07 Average Homestead Value per WCAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.      CONDUCT SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON AD VALOREM TAX RATE AND 2006-2007 BUDGET.
a)  Ordinance 2006-18 fixing and levying ad valorem tax rate for tax year 2006-2007.
Assistant City Manager Jim Dunaway presented additional information regarding the proposed Tax Rate.  For clarification, he developed a comparison chart indicating the specific amount of tax increase from last year.  With the rate set at $0.795000 the actual rate for Maintenance and Operations (M&O) will increase while the Interest and Sinking (I&S) will decrease resulting in an overall $7.06 increase in taxes for the average priced home* in Taylor (*NOTE:  The Williamson County Appraisal District (WCAD) provided the average priced home at $82,922 for comparison.) 

 

However, according to state law the Ordinance adopting the tax rate and the public newspaper ad must include a statement regarding the effect the increase will have on a $100,000 home and only includes the M&O figure, potentially creating confusion for the public.

Using this information, the Ordinance and announcement must read: “THIS RATE WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE.  THE TAX RATE WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $26.73”. 

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. 

b)  Ordinance 2006-19 adopting the 2006-2007 annual budget excluding “Contributions to Civic Programs”.
Mr. Dunaway had no new information related to the budget other than what Ms. Starla Hall, Director of Human Resources, presented regarding a proposed change in on call pay for public works employees.  Based on this year’s payroll calculations, staff is recommending a 2.5% increase in salary for those individuals affected by the change and to offset the loss of On-Call/Standby pay.   According to staff calculations for hours worked this past year all but two of the employees will actually receive an increase in their annual pay with this change.

c) “Contributions to Civic Programs” from Ordinance 2006-19.
No new information was discussed regarding this item.

With no further comment or discussion, these items were accepted as presented.   

  1. CONSIDER RECOMMENDATION FROM CITIZEN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE REGARDING COUNCIL COMPENSATION.
    Susan Brock, City Clerk, presented a recommendation from the Citizen’s Advisory Committee as a result of their meeting on August 21.  The Committee discussed several options and encouraged Council Members to take advantage of the policy already in place that allows for reimbursement of expenses related to their duties as a Council Member.  Using a survey of local area council salaries as a guideline, the Committee recommended that each Council Member receive $12.50 per meeting not to exceed 2 meetings per month or a total of $25 per month. 

    Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to accept the recommendation of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Council to receive $12.50 per meeting not to exceed two meetings a month effective October 1, 2006.  Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Three voted AYE.  Two voted NO (Council Members Hortenstine and McDonald).  Motion passed.
  2. CONSIDER AGREEMENT WITH TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REGARDING HOTEL/MOTEL TAX.
    Mr. Salvato reminded Council that the existing contract with the Chamber of Commerce will terminate on November 10, 2006 and asked Council for direction in drafting a new contract.  Several points were brought up for consideration including the establishment of a percentage of total funds to be allotted to the Chamber, annual renewal of the contract, and the possibility of redirecting some of the funds to city related projects such as the Moody Museum maintenance, signage, or the Arts. 
     
    Council agreed to pass on any decision on this item and to continue to work on drafting a new agreement.
     

ADJOURN
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 6:56 pm.

 

                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk