Brownwood City Council members will have two public hearings Tuesday — including one at night — on the city’s proposed $35.34 million budget for the 2018-’19 fiscal year.
The council will have a public hearing as part of its 9 a.m. meeting and will have a second hearing at 6 p.m.
Council members agreed in May they are willing to meet at night on occasion to see if that draws increased attendance. Council members agreed then to have at least one night meeting every quarter, with additional night meetings if the agenda contains items that are controversial or where the public’s input is sought.
Mayor Stephen Haynes said then that attendance seems to be issue-driven rather than the time of day or night council meetings are held. On previous occasions when the council held night meetings, participation was actually less than it currently is, Haynes said.
Last month, council members held council workshops and agreed to lower the property tax rate by just under 1 percent. There are no proposed increases in utility rates.
The proposed tax rate of 78.60 cents per $100 property valuation is the same as the effective rate, meaning it will bring in the same amount of revenue as the current year.
Council members will adopt the budget and tax rates in September.
The council will address numerous other items in its 9 a.m. meeting including:
• Consider ratifying building improvement grants of $11,812 for Jason Johnson property at 112 W. Anderson, which is being remodeled for use as a screen printing business for a future tenant; $798 for Mike Hall property at 807 Center, which houses four businesses; $12,213 for Hamilton’s at 500 Center; and $20,000 for Jeff Tucker for the former Weakley-Watson building at 100 Fisk.
• Consider authorizing staff to seek bids to repair or replace the compressor or HVAC unit that services the downstairs area of City Hall.
• Consider adopting a resolution in support of a TxDOT Aviation grant to taxiway pavement and apron rehabilitation at the Brownwood airport. The project is estimated to cost $693,400 and the city will pay 10 percent, but has requested supplemental federal funding to cover that cost. The 10 percent has been included in the 2018-’19 budget if the city does not receive supplemental funding.
• Consider approving a resolution authorizing a lease agreement for the lease of city vehicles, a maintenance agreement and a maintenance management agreement through a purchasing cooperative.
• Consider awarding a bid to High Sierra Electronics for a flood monitoring system for $117,151.
• Meet in executive session to discuss fire chief residency and the sale of property.