Budget, tax rate finalized by council

The Wills Point City Council charted the course for its 2017-’18 fiscal year, finalizing its budget, tax and water rates for the year ahead at their monthly meeting held Sept. 12.

Business for the meeting opened with Patricia Howard and O.B. Thompson addressing the council during public comment.

Howard raised concerns about a piece of city owned property near her home that is need of mowing, and also road signs along Bama Street that was difficult to read for drivers traveling in the area.

also spoke during the public comment portion of the agenda, raising complaints about the Wills Point Police Department’s enforcement of a stop sign near his home.

The action portion of the agenda began with the council putting the finishing touches on a month’s long process that also included a series of workshops by approving the city’s budget for the 2017-’18 fiscal year.

Following approval of the budget, city leaders voted to raise the city’s tax rate from .70 to .75 per $100 valuation. Maintenance and operations will essentially account for 2/3 of the tax rate while the other 1/3 will be allocated to pay the principal and interest on any debts.

The .70 tax has been in place for more than a decade since it was approved back in 2005.

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