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Decatur City Council lowers tax rate, adopts budget

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, September 15, 2018
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The Decatur City Council Monday approved a 3.6-cent drop in its property tax rate.

The council approved a rate of 66.7 cents per $100 of taxable value. That includes 49.66 cents for maintenance and operations and 17.04 cents for debt service.

The tax cut was made possible by increased property values.

The council also approved a budget of $8,729,280 – an increase of $586,000.

Highlights of the budget include a 2 percent pay increase for city employees, maintaining health care costs at $10,000 per employee and funding another deputy fire chief, a warrant officer for the police department and another employee at the Decatur Conference Center.

Capital expenditures in the budget include new water lines in the downtown area, six police vehicles, a camera system for inspection of water lines and a chipper.

Residents will see an increase in water and sewer rates. The monthly residential rate will increase from $21.93 to $25.22.

“The homeowners will see about a $40 a year increase due to the fixed costs going up,” said City Finance Director Mike Erwin.

Commercial customers will see monthly increases ranging from about $4 more to $25 more, depending on the size of the water meters.

Bulk water sales at city hall will increase from $7 per 1,000 gallons to $15.

In other business, the council:

  • approved creating a court of record.
  • approved the Routine Airport Maintenance Program (RAMP) agreement between the city and the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division.
  • approved a request of the Decatur Police Department for the closure of the 100 blocks of North State and West main from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 2 for the National Night Out event.
  • approved employing Siegmund and Associates to perform the annual outside audit.

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