By Valerie Reddell
Woodville City Manager Mandy Risinger advised the mayor and council Monday that revenues in most budget areas are tracking below budget and lower that the same period last year.
She reported that the city might have received a dime in oil and gas royalties during the year, and fines and fees in the municipal court are down.
"Property tax is less than anticipated, sales tax is down and all departments are working on a shoestring. Everybody is very tight," Risinger said.
Normally by this point in the budget year, permit fee revenue has amounted to about $30,000 but this year they are currently at $12,000, she added.
All cities seem to be in the same boat, Risinger said.
City Council member Lee Mann said many business owners are reporting that "business is off."
Municipal Court Judge Judith Haney advised council members that on Sept. 1 a state law would take affect banning use of all handheld devices while driving.
"You cannot talk, or text on your phone — even if you are talking into the speakerphone," Haney said.
Drivers can use a Bluetooth device — but unless they fit a limited number of exceptions they could face a fine of $266 for the first offense.
For further details on the texting while driving law, visit tylercountybooster.com.
The council approved a request by Woodville High School to close Charlton and Wheat Streets for a community pep rally from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in conjunction with the homecoming football game.
In response to Mann's question about the traditional bonfire, WHS principal Morgan Wright explained that there is no longer a safe location to hold a bonfire — even if weather conditions would allow it.
The turf at the Summit would melt if the event was held there, Wright explained.