With no public input at any of the required hearings, the Decatur City Council Monday approved the 2012-13 budget as presented, along with the 66.3-cent tax rate required to fund it.
The tax rate is “the exact same rate as last year” according to City Manager Brett Shannon. The rate for Operations and Maintenance actually went up slightly, and the Interest and Sinking fund tax rate went down, leaving the overall rate the same.
“If your valuation didn’t change, your tax bill for the city will be exactly the same as last year,” he said.
The council also approved on first reading an ordinance raising water and sewer charges along with a slate of other city fees – including various administrative fees, building fees, public swimming pool fees and code enforcement fees.
That measure is due for final approval at the council’s Sept. 24 meeting.
In other action, the council:
- approved a routine airport maintenance program agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division to help maintain runways and taxiways at the city’s airport;
- approved an interlocal agreement between the Decatur Main Street Program and the Bridgeport Main Street program to share space on a billboard between Decatur and Alvord;
- voted to employ the Fort Worth accounting firm of Alexander Siegmund and Booher to perform the city’s annual outside audit; and
- proclaimed Sept. 19 as “Texting & Driving – It Can Wait” Day.