Brownwood City Council members approved on first reading Tuesday ordinances to adopt the budget for fiscal year 2012-13, levy taxes, set utility rates, and set amounts for fees, rentals, licenses and permits.
The ordinances will come back before the council on second and third/final readings on Sept. 25.
The city's proposed budget is $30.28 million, a 1.16 increase over the 2011-'12 budget. budget includes a 3 percent pay raise for city employees.
The budget contains no increases in property taxes, water rates, sewer rates for landfill gate rates, and the fee ordinance will remain unchanged.
While the proposed tax rate of 74.63 cents per $100 valuation is slightly higher than the current rate — 74.52 cents — it is not considered a tax increase because property values in the city decreased, council members were told.
In other business, the council:
• Heard Mayor Stephen Haynes read a proclamation declaring Emergency Preparedness Month.
• Authorized City Manager Bobby Rountree to sign agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to temporarily close Austin Avenue from Fisk to Center for the HPU Homecoming Parade on Oct. 13.
• Authorized Mayor Stephen Haynes to execute a quitclaim deed for property on Vincent. City staff researched records and found that the City Council had approved a quitclaim deed for the property in 1948, but the deed was not recorded in deed records. A deed is needed from the city to vest title in the property.
• Approved an extension of an agricultural and hunting lease agreement with Brad Simpson for 833 acres of land. The yearly rental is $12,750 and the lessee is responsible for all property taxes.
• Met in executive session to discuss the appointment of a municipal court judge to replace current Judge Don Clements, who is retiring Sept. 28. No action was taken following the executive session. Rountree said later via email that the city will advertise for the position within a week.
A reception for Clements will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 28.
• Heard Rountree report that the dedication of Pat Coursey Park will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.
• Heard Rountree report that he and other city staff will meet Wednesday with FEMA officials in Denton about the dispute with the agency over the flood plain level in the city and county. A resolution may finally be near, Rountree told the council.