The Waxahachie City Council met Monday night to adopt a new budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. After careful consideration of each line item the council passed a budget with expenditures set at $23,872,976.

“I think the budget process did go well this year. Also being with the new council members for a year gave us a better understanding heading into the budget process of what their expectations were. I think at the end of the last budget session the council did give us some direction,” city manager Paul Stevens said.

“It still is a very tight budget. There is a little bit more breathing room to some extent. The directors have really done an excellent job in watching expenses and we will have to continue that.”

The council approved the property tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year to remain at last year’s rate of $0.68 per $100 valuation.

In separate action the council approved

• The water budget of $9,555,760

• The wastewater budget of $7,604,780

• The Robert W. Sokoll Water Treatment Plant budget of $5,336,882

• The refuse fund in the amount of $1,146,640

• The hotel/motel fund budget of $315,000

• The Waxahachie Community Development Corporation budget of $4,713, 408

• The Interest and sinking fund in the amount of $4,690,862

In other business:

• A zoning amendment request from architect James Gleason was approved by the council. Gleason’s request is within a planned development general retail zoning district located at 1305 N. U.S. Highway 77, which was formerly Don Jose’s Mexican Restaurant.

“I am here to ask for your blessing on having this new Pizza Inn come into our fine city. They are putting more than a $1 million investment into our city right now, which is really nice in these economic times,” Gleason said. “This is a prime piece of property right in that location and all new growth has happened in that area.”

Gleason said the developer plans to remodel the existing building and give it an updated look.

A request made by Cory Lucas of Freedom Fellowship International to hold the fifth annual fall festival in Getzendaner Park on Oct. 31 was also approved by the council.

• The council approved a proposal for a performance evaluation of Sims Library with the A Verus Corporation Library Consulting in the amount of $15,000. The cost of the contract would be split between the city and Sims Library. Some of the services would include statistical performance of the library and financial analysis of the library.

• Approved a final replat of lot 4R-D and 5R-B, block A, of RVG Plaza.

• Approved a request made by David Goodoien and Megan Piwonka to serve alcohol at a wedding reception taking place on Oct. 14 at the Chautauqua Auditorium. Stevens said Goodoien has acquired the appropriate insurance for the event.

• No action was taken on a proposed resolution of a candidate nomination for the Ellis Central Appraisal District Board of Directors for the years 2012-2013.

• Council members approved an ordinance re-establishing police and fire positions under civil service. The council also appointed Teresa McNiel to the Civil Service Commission effective Oct.1 for a three-year.

• Approved an inter local agreement with the Ellis County for the maintenance of roads, bridges, waterways and ditches.

• The council approved and accepted the audit reports for the fiscal year 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.

• A proclamation was presented to Waxahachie High School Wind Ensemble honoring their achievement of placing first in the 4A state honor band competition on July 24 in San Antonio.

• Mike Ramsey was named as the honorary council member for the month of September.

• Following the regular session the council convened into executive session for deliberation regarding the acquisition of real property. Upon returning to open session no action was taken.

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