September 4, 2017 City Council Minutes
HALTOM CITY COUNCIL/STAFF BUDGET WORKSHOP HALTOM CITY HALL
5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, Texas 76117
September 4, 2017
A Council/Staff Budget Workshop was held by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, on September 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Haltom City Hall, Haltom City, Texas, with the following members present, to-wit:
Mayor David Averitt
Council Place 1 Jeannine Nunn Council Place 4 Trae Fowler Council Place 6 Ricky Brown
Mayor Pro-Tern Dr. An Truong
Council Place 2 Walter Grow Council Place 5 Bob Watkins
Staff Present: Keith Lane, City Manager; Rex Phelps, Assistant City Manager; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Jennifer Fung, Finance Director; Perry Bynum, Fire Chief; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor David Averitt called the Budget Workshop to order at 6:03 p.m.
Discussion on Upcoming Budgetary Issues and Priorities for FY 2017-18.
Mayor Averitt reviewed the prior voting at the last Council meeting on the budget and tax rate and requested the members who voted for the effective tax rate of $0.6318174 to provide a reason for their decision. A discussion was held regarding the effective tax rate and the information on specific taxing rates being received in time for a decision. In addition, City Manager Keith Lane provided a list of decision package items that raised the baseline for the FY2017-2018 budget. A discussion was also held concerning park expenditures being covered by existing bond revenues, the elimination of the EDC sales tax collection and the new sales tax revenue breakdown, and the business and property interaction between the EDC and the city.
Mayor Averitt called for a recess at 7:21 p.m. and resumed the meeting at 7:29 p.m.
The discussion continued regarding the effective tax rate, the amount of percentage increase in the property tax amount over the last five years, and the projected budget revenue shortfall if only the effective tax rate is passed. The subject of projected property tax revenues from new property ownership and new fee rates was also discussed.
Mayor Averitt called for a recess at 9:08 p.m. and resumed the meeting at 9:22 p.m.
Discussion on Property Tax Rate.
City Manager Keith Lane and Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the property tax rate that would cover only the proposed employee raises. The Council discussed setting a rate and have staff make the appropriate changes. The rates of $0.6318174 (effective rate), $0.641363, $0.65818, $0.66818, and $0.69999 (current rate) were set to be the rates to be determined at the next City Council meeting.
l RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED AP
Mayor Averitt adjourned
Art Camacho, City Secretary