City budget due final approval

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, September 7, 2013

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After a brief meeting Tuesday to hold a required public hearing on the 2013-14 city budget, the Decatur City Council will meet again this Monday with a few more items on the agenda.

Chief among them is the adoption of that budget, which drew no comment on first reading.

Approval of the $14,285,454 spending plan will be official at Monday’s meeting and with it the property tax rate of 67.3 cents per $100 valuation.

The only change noted by the council Tuesday was the fact that the Decatur ISD board of trustees did approve one additional school resource officer for the coming year.

“We massaged our numbers and came up with the $22,275 that will be the city’s portion,” City Manager Brett Shannon told the council. “We were able to adjust a couple of revenue accounts to balance it out. It’s still a balanced budget.”

The city will train and equip the uniformed officer, who will be assigned to rotate among the elementary campuses, joining two SROs who are already working in DISD under similar arrangements.

A memorandum of understanding with the school district is on Monday’s agenda to make that arrangement official.

Finance Director Brad Burnett noted that the maintenance and operation taxes on a $100,000 home in Decatur will actually go down by $4.60 a month due to the fact that the city is paying off some debt as this fiscal year ends.

The overall tax rate is up 1 cent over last year’s rate, but it is 2.7 cents lower than what the council originally authorized before the final budget numbers came in.

Tuesday, the council also gave final approval to the purchase of a dump truck for $23,700, and the final payment of $55,280 on the city’s phone system. Those expenses will come into the current fiscal year.

Also on Monday’s agenda, the council will:

  • amend the Economic Development Corp.’s current fiscal year budget to include the $261,500 grant to help extend water and sewer service through the new Karl Klement Chrysler dealership to be built on U.S. 287;
  • consider an interlocal agreement with Wise County for fire protection and first responder services for fiscal 2013-14;
  • consider a contract of service with Wise County for public library services for fiscal 2013-14;
  • consider an interlocal agreement with the city of Fort Worth for participation in the Household Hazardous Waste program;
  • consider employing an outside auditor for the city’s annual audit; and
  • receive packets and instructions regarding the city manager’s annual evaluation, which will be Sept. 23.

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