By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Woodville City Council approved the scheduling for a budget workshop, public hearing and special meeting on Monday, Sept. 23 to discuss, consider and adopt the tax rate and budget for the coming fiscal year. The new budget will have to be approved by Sept. 30, as the next fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.
The current tax rate for Woodville residents is .3865 and the proposed rate for fiscal year 2019-20 is .375. City Administrator Mandy Risinger said “We’ve tried to maintain a pretty stable tax rate for the last 30 years.”
The workshop will begin at 5:15 p.m. and will last about 30 minutes, followed by the public hearing on the tax rate and then a meeting will be called to order at 6 p.m., where the tax rate and proposed city budget will be considered and put up for a vote.
In other items of information presented at Monday evening’s brief meeting, Risinger presented news pertaining to the $2 million flood mitigation grant the city received in February.
The grant, which was earmarked by the Texas General Land Office for the CDBG Disaster Recovery Program, was designated for a series of street improvements in the city. The engineering contracts have been signed and were approved. Under one of the agenda items, the firm KSA Engineering, based out of Lufkin, was approved for its services on the project. As previously reported, next spring is likely the earliest starting point for construction on the project.
Risinger also reported that two new houses are being built in Woodville with funds from the GLO’s disaster recovery program; one of them on Robin Lane and another on Magnolia Lane.
In news of other construction projects within the city limits, Risinger said the planned remodel and upgrade of McDonald’s is in the works. The restaurant submitted its plans for the project, which are being reviewed.
The Woodville City Council approved the following items on Monday night’s agenda:
• An ordinance was approved to declare unopposed candidates in the Nov. 5 general city election; to cancel the election providing a severability clause; providing an effective date and providing an open meetings clause.
• A resolution was approved to designate the Tyler County Booster as the official newspaper for the City of Woodville for FY 2019-20.
• Council approved utility bill write-offs for the current fiscal year. The debts are still attached to customers’ accounts, Risinger explained, should they re-connect services, but the city writes the debts off its books in preparation for the coming fiscal year.