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Nolanville presents proposed budget

Special to the HHES

Nolanville City Manager Kara Escajeda has presented the proposed FY 17-18 budget to the City Council for filing on August 1 during a Special Call Meeting.  The Public Hearing for the proposed budget is scheduled for September 7 at 6 p.m. in the Nolanville Municipal Building.

This budget will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by $133,815 or 13.55%, and of that amount, $116,701 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year.

“Budget Priorities include increased Public Safety Assets, Roadway & Drainage Infrastructure Improvements & Quality of Life Initiatives.  They are a compilation of Council directives and department needs,” said Escajeda.

She stated that the 5 year Capital Improvement Plan and Road Maintenance Plan were the biggest considerations in determining the City’s long term budget needs.

Economic Development with the assistance of the Mike Barnes Group and the City’s 4B Corporation will be a major focus for the upcoming year.

A few of the highlights of this budget include:

n Property tax rate reduction of $0.0021 per $100/AV from $0.5020 to $0.4999

n Increasing up Public Safety staff, equipment, and emergency addressing

n Increased legal budget to address dilapidated structure process

n General Fund, operational & maintenance budget, to set the stage for 7-year road maintenance plan

n Master park plan elements to include grant match for large park grant application with Texas Parks & Wildlife

The Street Maintenance Fund is a revenue stream funded by .25 percent sales tax which is elected on every 4 years.  The tax is up for election this November. The fund balance is currently earmarked for Old Nolanville Road pavement overlay and construction projects.

Escajeda presented the State of City Address to the City Council on July 20 with the financial forecast. The budget was ready for filing with the City Secretary on August 1. The State of the City Address proposed budget and public hearing date can be found on the City Website at: www.ci.nolanville.tx.us under Financial Transparency.

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