Bulletin Staff Report

The Brownwood City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the 2009-2010 fiscal year during its 9 a.m. Tuesday meeting.

Council members held a hearing two weeks ago on city’s proposed $30.37 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and the tax rate was discussed after the hearing ended.

The proposed tax rate of 74.52 cents per $100 valuation will not change, but it exceeds the effective tax rate of 72.67 cents per $100 valuation by 2.5 percent.

Information in the public notice on the tax rate hearing shows that the average taxable value of a residence homestead in Brownwood last year was $70,225, disregarding any eligible exemptions. Based on last year’s tax rate of $.7452, the amount of taxes imposed on the average home was $523.32.

The average taxable value of a residence homestead in Brownwood this year is $70,838. If the proposed tax rate of $.7452 is adopted, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $527.88. The proposal will raise more total property tax revenue than the 2008-’09 budget by $192,644, or 3.8 percent.

Council members will hold another hearing on the tax rate Sept. 8, with adoption of the tax rate expected Sept. 15.

The council will meet at City Hall, 501 Center Ave. The entire agenda follows:

1. Call to order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Invocation

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 Items to be withdrawn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 11, 2009

8. Claims and accounts.

9. Public hearing

A. Council shall hold a public hearing on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll by 2.55 percent by adopting the proposed tax rate of $.7452 per $100 value.

10. Ordinances and Resolutions

A. Consider an ordinance on first reading ameding the FY 08/09 Police Department budget by allowing use of $10,000 in cash reserves as a local match for a $20,000 CJD/BJA grant to purchase two digital radio repeaters with a total estimated cost of $30,000.

B. Consider an ordinance on first reading amending the FY 08/09 Operations Support Department budget byu allowing the use of an additional $15,537 in cash reserves for costs associated with replacing the City Hall roof and interior lights.

C. Consider a Resolution to approved the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Budget for Fiscal year 2009/10.

D. Consider a Resolution accepting the TWDB Phase II Contract for the waterine replacement project (Avenue W, Wood Avenue, Fourth Street, Second Street and Cottage Street) as complete.

11. Appointments

A. Ratification of Mayoral Appointments to the Housing Authority Committee, Brownwood Economic Development Commission, and the Center for Life Resources.

12. Reports

A. Budgetary Control Report

B. May 15, 2009, Disaster Exercise — After Action Report

C. TPWD Grant

D. Fourth Street Project

E. ADA Ramps

13. Adjournment.