Council approves tax rate

FRIENDS, STAFF, AND PATIENTS GATHERED on Friday to honor area resident, Penny Gray, who is stepping down as CEO of Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck. A reception was held by LMC at the medical facility to recognize Mrs. Gray’s invaluable contribution to the growth and fiscal stability of the medical center during the 16 years of her tenure. Pictured at the reception are, (left) Kimberly Meyer, LMC Director of Marketing and Public Relations; Mrs. Gray; Larry Price, LMC Chief Operating Officer; Maybelle Sheffield, a patient and friend; and Cathy Knouse, LMC Administrative Assistant. Mrs. Gray and husband Arnold have a ranch on FM1365 between Teague and Mexia.

Teague City Council members handled a number of items during special session on Tuesday evening, September 25th, just 24 hours after a meeting was postponed due to the lack of a quorum.

Council members went to work on items concerning the Highway 84 Infrastructure Extension Project on East Hwy. 84. Council members approved an ordinance establishing zoning standards for the project area (designates area for commercial use only and requires Council approval on any and all uses proposed within the area). Council members also approved an agreement for engineering and project management services from Freese and Nichols, Inc. of Ft. Worth for the $2.2 million Infrastructure Extension Project. The contract also calls for the preparation of a citywide Water and Wastewater Master Plan.

Council members approved the items with a 4-0 vote, with Alderman David Huffman abstaining due to owning property in the area.

Council members approved a resolution approving a resolution of the Board of the Economic Development Corporation of Teague approving the entering into a loan agreement with Prosperity Bank. A sales tax remittance agreement between the City and EDC was also approved in the motion, which passed 3-0 with Aldermen Mark Hargis, Garlan Steed and Terry Gibson voting for Alderman Huffman abstained form voting and Alderman Nickleberry was not present at the vote.

Council members approved an ordinance amending the Teague Municipal Code schedule of fees, which includes raising the base rate on water service by $1 per month, which will result in approximately $14,400 in additional revenue, with minimal impact of $12 per year on the city?s 1,200 water account holders.

Council members approved the tax rate of $0.741675 per $100 valuation. The rate has remained the same for the past two years with council members keeping the rate below the higher effective tax rate, which they could have approved. With property valuations down this year, the effective tax rate would have brought in the same amount of tax revenue as received last year.

Council members approved adjustments to the employee pay rates and after meeting in executive session, approved a motion to buy the old Pharmacy Plus Headquarters building for $62,500 for the purpose of economic development. The motion is pending the approval of the EDC Board of Directors on participating in the purchase with the city. The motion was approved 4-1iwth Alderman Terry Gibson voting against.

It was noted that several months ago City Administrator Vince DiMaggio approached XTO Energy about assisting with the development of a Youth Center at the City Park on 8th Avenue. During those discussions, DiMaggio asked XTO to consider a donation of $60,000, which would fund building costs. XTO responded with a donation of $25,000, which was received September 20th.

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