Council to vote on tax rate

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Planning the city’s budget, addressing the resignation of two members and laying the groundwork for other extensive projects have led Bridgeport elected officials to meet five weeks straight.

The trend continues when the council convenes Tuesday to wrap up the budget-writing process.

At the 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall, the council will consider levying a 58.75 cent tax rate per $100 valuation to fund the budget they approved last week.

They are also expected to accept the resignation of Councilman Scott Cheves, whose family has built a home outside the city limits. The council will consider naming someone to fill the vacancy.

Cheves is the second council member to resign this month. Kevin Lopez recently stepped down from place 3 for “family reasons.”

During workshop, the council will outline a request for statement of qualifications for legal and engineering services. At a meeting Aug. 20, they opted to “shop around” to “see what else is out there.”

The council will also:

  • consider extending a vendor agreement with Wise Area Relief Mission for a utility assistance program;
  • consider a fiscal fiduciary agreement with the North Texas Library Consortium for a shared library system;
  • reviewing the Aug. 22-Sept. 4 payment report in the amount of $209,462.32; and
  • hear a quarterly financial report on the city’s investment portfolio and a monthly budget variance report for July.

The council met Aug. 29 to issue $5.2 million in certificates of obligation for street and sidewalk improvements.

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