MIDLOTHIAN – Midlothian City Council will consider adopting the budget and tax rate for the upcoming 2017-18 fiscal year this week. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 at city hall, located at 104 W. Avenue E in downtown Midlothian.
The proposed budget is about $27.7 million in revenue and right around $29 million in expenses in the general fund. To make up the short fall approximately $1.4 million in fund balance will be used. The city is looking at keeping 15.2 million, or 180 days, in reserve for operating funds.
The budget proposes 11-12 street-resurface projects. It also looks to add staff positions in several departments such as building, police, fire, animal control and code enforcement. The budget also proposes new equipment for several departments with a total cost of $250,000.
Midlothian City Manager Chris Dick previously stated that he is proposing to keep the tax rate the same as the current fiscal year, which is $0.708244 per $100 valuation. Before the recorded vote on the budget, a public hearing will be held.
The council will also consider and take a separate vote to ratify a property tax revenue increase as reflected in the budget. This increase will raise more revenue from total property taxes than last years budget by $2,090,857 — a 10.81-percent increase. Of that, $773,985 is tax revenue is to be raised from new property added to the tax roll in the upcoming fiscal year.
In other business, the city will:
• Consider a resolution authorizing Creekside Manor Haunted House for an event each Friday and Saturday from Sept. 29-Oct. 28 and Oct. 30-31 in accordance with a special event permit.
• Consider a resolution authorizing the “I Run This Town 5K and Health Festival" to take place on Oct. 28 in accordance with a special event permit.
• Host a public hearing for a zoning change from agricultural district to a planned development district 105 for residential uses located on the west side of Hayes Road.
• Host a public hearing to amend an ordinance development regulation of Planned Development District 98 by reappointing the amount of open space, common area, residential storage and adopting a new site plan located on the northeast corner of Walnut Grove and Farm-to-Market Road 1387.
• Consider an ordinance for the city to provide $70,000 for residential homestead exemption for persons 65 years of age or older from all ad valorem taxes hereafter levied and provide an exemption for disabled veterans base upon their degree of disability, repealing conflicting ordinances and resolutions.
• Consider a request to allow direct residential driveway access to Plainview Road relating to the development of three lots.
• Consider a second amendment to the agreement for the sale and delivery of treated water to Sardis-Lone Elm Water Supply Corporation to the city.
• Consider a service contract between the city and Pape Air Conditioning to provide maintenance and minor repair service for heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment citywide.
• Consider a one-year contract with Ellis County Emergency Services District 2 to provide fire and EMS response.
Following the regular agenda, the council will convene into executive session for consultation with the city attorney for a settlement offer in connection with a residence at 3830 Oak Tree Lane. The council will also deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee — namely the city secretary and city manager.
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