New budget discussions, City park improvements moving forward

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

The Mexia City 2017-2018 budget proposal, improvements to the city park and possible expansion to North Ross Street were the big hitters on the agenda before the city council last Tuesday, Aug. 15,.
With the current effective tax rate for Mexia at .8084, Mexia Mayor Richard Duncan could not say enough when he commented, “I want to compliment the city manager and city secretary on this budget. I thought I was going to come in and see items transposed from year to year without much thought. I was pleasantly surprised that they actually took the amount spent and adjusted accordingly.”
As council recognized some of the budget changes, Duncan commented, “If we are going to keep the same monies (same budget as last year) we will have to have an effective tax rate of .8132. It is less than one percent. It is so minimal due to the pay raises and the increase of health insurance. That includes two positions that may be cut out from the police department. If we do not want the tax rate increase we will have to find places to cut.”
Mexia City Secretary Christi Shivers informed council there will be a 49 percent increase in the rates due to the many claims in the past year. She said, “We could lower the premiums to 30 percent increase going to a higher deductible.”

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