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Decatur P&Z, council schedule back-to-back meetings

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 30, 2014

Consider it the price to be paid for a Monday holiday.

The city of Decatur’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at City Hall, followed by a city council meeting at 6.

Neither group’s agenda has much on it.

The P&Z agenda includes only two requests: a final plat for Charles H. Riley, on behalf of the Bethel Cemetery Association, that involves a large group of lots in an 8-acre section of the cemetery.

The other is a replat request from Stephen Summers, CEO of Wise Regional Health System, and Dr. Aamir Zuberi on behalf of Decatur Hospital Authority and Zuberi and Associates Inc. for lots in the Decatur Community Hospital Addition – near the hospital’s west campus off Farm Road 51 South.

The council likewise has a short agenda for its 6 p.m. meeting.

The first item is a required final public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

The council initially approved a 4.4-cent increase, from last year’s 67.30 to 71.60. After a few budget adjustments and with the Economic Development Corp. covering some capital improvements at the Decatur Civic Center, that number will come down to the proposed 70.30 that is on Tuesday’s agenda.

That is a 3-cent increase over last year. It would raise the taxes on a $100,000 home by approximately $23.60 per year.

Final adoption of the tax rate is scheduled for the following Monday, Sept. 8.

The only other item on the council’s agenda is considering a lease agreement with the Texas A&M University System effective Sept. 1 for an office in the city’s Fire Department. The space would be used by the state’s fire service.

Tuesday’s meetings are both open to the public.

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