Brownwood residents will be asked to give their input Tuesday into the city’s proposed $30.37 million budget for the 2009-’10 fiscal year.
The Brownwood City Council will hold a public hearing on the budget during its 9 a.m. meeting. Formal adoption of the budget is expected to be at a specially called meeting on Sept. 15.
The proposed budget is .45 percent, or $138,593 smaller than the 2008-’09 budget.
A final proposed detail budget will be available at the hearing.
Also during the public hearing, council members will discuss the proposed tax rate of 74.52 cents per $100 valuation. The tax rate will not change, but it exceeds the effective tax rate of 72.67 cents per $100 valuation by 2.5 percent. Council members will consider calling for two public hearings - Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 - on the tax rate, with adoption of the tax rate expected Sept. 15.
The budget, if adopted as proposed, will raise more total property taxes than the 2008-’09 budget by $192,644, or 3.8 percent.
The council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The entire agenda follows:
1. Call to order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Items to be withdrawn
5. Introduction, announcements and recognitions
6. Citizen presentations
Any citizen who desires to address the city council on a matter not included on the agenda may do so at this time. The city council may not deliberate on items presented under this agenda item. To comply with provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the council respectfully requests that prior to addressing council that each person submit a citizen presentation form that is located at the entryway to the council chambers, stating your name, address, and topic of presentation. All presentations are subject to a five minute time limit.
7. Approval of minutes: Regular meeting - July 28, 2009
8. Claims and accounts.
9. Public hearing
A. 1. Council shall hold a public hearing on the proposed City of Brownwood budget for FY 2009/10 to receive input from the public.
A. 2. Council shall discuss the tax rate for FY 2009/10 and, since the proposed tax rate of $.7452 per $100 value exceeds the effective tax rate, council may schedule public hearings on the tax rate on Aug. 25, 2009 and Sept. 8, 2009. Council shall take a vote for record on the proposal to consider a tax increase and may set a date to adopt the rate on Sept. 15, 2009 (first reading) and Sept. 22, 2009 (second and third readings).
A. Council may award the bid for roofing City Hall.
B. Council may consider authorizing the city to seek bids for the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center.
C. Council may consider authorizing the city to seek bids for the renovation of the coliseum annex building.
12. Agreements and contracts
A. Consider ratification of the BEDC’s action regarding a contract to sell property to Best Med Inc.