Zero participants attend city public hearing

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

The Mexia City Council held a public hearing and a special meeting last Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m.
As a matter of protocol, the council opened the meeting for public comments about the 2017/2018 budget. There was no one in attendance to make any comments.
Immediately after, the council went into closed session to interview five prospectives for the position of city manager. Mayor Richard Duncan commented no decision will be made that night.
As a wrap up of events surrounding the new budget, during the Aug. 15 city council meeting, 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.”
During a special called meeting of the governing body, City of Mexia, on Thursday, Aug. 24, the proposed 2017 Ad Valorem Tax Rate was unanimously passed to reflect .8132 from last year’s rate of .8084.
During a special called meeting held on Aug. 31, a budget item for the proposed 2017/2018 Budget was adjusted to save the city $45,000 in the cost of health insurance. When Council Member Butch Newhouse asked where would the savings go, Duncan and city secretary Christi Shivers both said it will stay in the budget.
A regular scheduled meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19.