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City Council Adopts Budget

The Eagle Lake City Council met Tuesday, September 13 to adopt the proposed budget and several Code of Ordinance amendments.

The 2016-2017 $1.3 million budget was approved by a vote of 4-1 with Eagle Lake City Councilman Benny Landrum opposed due to the lack of an additional police officer being added to the budget..

Ordinance Changes

The first ordinance amendment was levying taxes for the use and support of the Municipal Government for the City of Eagle Lake and providing for the interest and sinking fund for the year 2016 and adopting each levy for the specified purpose.

“This ordinance adopts the rollback rate for the upcoming year,” Eagle Lake Mayor Mary Parr reported. “According to the Tax Code, if we would adopt a tax rate higher than the rollback rate, voters in our taxing unit may petition for a rollback election.”

She added that the rollback rate is lower than usual this year due to the decrease in the amount of debt service we have to pay this year.

The rollback rate for 2014-2015 was 84 cents per $100 valuation and the rate for 2016-2017 is 76 cents per $100 valuation.

--Section 13 regarding water, sewage and garbage.

The proposed utility rate amendment includes a 5 percent increase to water and sewer rates over the 3,000 gallon minimum, 7 percent garbage increase, $5 increase to the disconnect/reconnect fee from $40 to $45 and increased tapping fees.

--Chapter 3, building regulations regarding building permits.

This amendment removes the building permit fees since the correct information has already been in the fee schedule..

Chapter 3, building regulations regarding Mechanical Code.

The Mechanical Code has been adopted by the City of Eagle Lake for several years, but has not been enforced.

This coveres the installation and maintenance work on H-VAC units. The fees are included in the fee schedule like the electrical and plumbing codes.

--Adoption of an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances repealing the local sales and use tax exemption on telecommunication services, providing notice to the conptroller of public accounts for the State of Texas.

“This is a new ordinance to repeal the exemption applied by the State of Texas regarding telecommunication services,” Parr said. “After the State Comprtoller receives our notice, one full calendar quarter must elapse.

The repeal of the exemption then takes effect and the tax is imposed on the first day of the next calendar quarter.”

Other Business

The Eagle Lake Chamber of Commerce requested street closures for the Halloween activities and Art Show.

The Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Haunted House October 22 and 29, along with an Art Festival with ELLA, Eagle Lake League of Arts, on October 22. The council agreed to close East Main at Jones Street, McCarty at East and West Main, Commerce at East Main and North McCarty at Nieto from 6 to 10 p.m. October 22 and Jones Street south of East Main from 6 p.m. to midnight.

For October 29 Jones Street south of East Main will be closed from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The juvenile curfew will be extended October 22 and 29 for the Halloween activities. The Haunted House will run from 7 to 11 p.m.  [-end of story-]


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