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Diana Franco, City Secretary -Kermit, Texas :|: John Reed, The Winkler Post ♦ August 22 2014 08:06:54

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This meeting of the Kermit City Council is a public meeting. That being said, instead of bitchin' and moaning on Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media sites about "stuff" you don't like; how about you coming to this meeting instead?  You will be given the opportunity to express yourself in a proper setting.

This is an abbreviated agenda listing -the mundane, routine business items have been omitted.  For an official agenda listing, visit Kermit City Hall.

Any citizen recognized by the Mayor may appear to present pertinent information before the Council. The Open Meeting Law, Article 6252-17, V.T.C.S., however, prohibits the Council from rendering a decision unless prior notice has been given and posted publicly seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the meeting and the person(s) name and subject appears on the posted Agenda. Exceptions may be considered, if the request is accompanied by a statement describing the nature of the urgent public necessity requiring the addition to the Agenda no less than four (4) hours in advance of the meeting.

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Discuss matters of business from the public – Council Members will not deliberate any comments which are made by the general public.  They are forbidden by law to do anything more than listen to any comments made.

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Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation Introduction of Newest Police Officers.

None of the new officers were available for formal introductions.  Perhaps you have already met them —if not, they'll be introduced at the next City Council meeting

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Presentation and motion to approve 2012-13 Kermit City Annual Audit by Rocky Rives of Smith Rives, PC. Regular City Council Meeting

Rocky Rives gave a detailed report of the annual audit, ultimately stating that, sans a few simple administrative miscues (that have been corrected), the fiscal side of the audit was very good.  Answering a query from Councilman Peña concerning the "bottom line" –Rives assured Councilman Peña the city was in good shape.

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Approve Ordinance 14-06 on first reading:
    "An Ordinance Of The City Of Kermit, Texas, Amending Chapter 51 Of The Kermit Code Of Ordinances Section §51.087 Entitled "Water And Sewer System" By Amending The Schedule For Water Rates, Repealing All Ordinances, Resolutions, Or Portions Thereof In Conflict Herewith; Providing A Severability Clause; Declaring An Effective Date Of This Ordinance And Providing For Publication Hereof"

This was the First reading of Ordinance 14-06 (sans the severability clause), which states:

Section 1:  Amending the Schedule of Water Rates

Title 5. Public Works, Chapter 51 Water and Sewer System, Section 51.087

Schedule of Water Rates, (A) Consumers inside the City Limits and (B) Consumers outside the City limits, shall be amended to read as follows:

51.087 Schedule of Water Rates.

(A) Consumers inside the City Limits.  The following rates per month rates or fraction thereof shall be the rates charged for water furnished to water consumers within the corporate limits of the city.

  1. First 5,000 gallons (which is referred to in this chapter as the minimum charge or rate) — $14.00.
  2. In excess of 5,000 gallons — $2.80 per 1,000 gallons.

(B) Consumers outside the City Limits.  The following rates per month rates or fraction thereof shall be the rates charged for water furnished to water consumers outside the corporate limits of the city.

  1. First 5,000 gallons (which is referred to in this chapter as the minimum charge or rate) — $21.00.
  2. In excess of 5,000 gallons — $4.80 per 1,000 gallons.
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Approve proposal on Ad Valorem Tax increase for FY 2014/2015.

Benchmark 2014 Tax Rates for the City of Kermit
Governing Body Summary 1A*
Description -Tax Rate Tax Rate / $100.00 This Years Tax Levy** Additional Tax Levy
Effective Tax Rate $0.525415 $613,244.00  
1% per $100 Tax Increase *** $0.530669 $619,376.00 $6,132.00
$0.01 per $100 Tax Increase *** $0.535415 $624,916.00 $11,672.00
Notice & Hearing Limit **** $0.525415 $613,244.00 $0.00
Rollback Tax Rate $0.567448 $662,303.00 $49,059.00
Last Year's Tax Rate $0.553026 $645,473.00 $32,229.00
Proposed Tax Rate $0.567448 $662,303.00 $49,059.00
  • *  These figures are provided as estimates of possible outcomes resulting from varying the tax rate. Please be aware that these are only estimates and should not be used alone in making budgetary decisions.
  • **  Tax levies are calculated using Effective Tax Rate Worksheet and this year's frozen tax levy on homesteads of the elderly or disabled.
  • ***  Tax increase compared to effective tax rate.
  • ****  The Notice and Hearing is the highest tax rate that may be adopted without notices and a public hearing.  It is the lower of the rollback tax rate or the effective tax rate.

Gloria Saenz, City Manager suggested the Rollback tax rate, which was approved.  Public hearings will be held in September (2nd and 9th), in time for final passage and adoption of the budget.  Special meetings for the budget proposals/readings will be on September 11th and 18th with a special meeting on September 29th to formally adopt the tax rate and budget.

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