August 7, 2017 City Council Minutes
HALTOM CITY COUNCIUSTAFF BUDGET WORKSHOP NORTHEAST CENTER
3201 Friendly Lane, Haltom City, Texas 76117 August 7, 2017
A Council/Staff Budget Workshop was held by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, on August 7, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Northeast Center, 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; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Glenna Batchelor, Interim Planning and Community Development Director; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director: Lesly Smith, Library Director; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director, Paul Berwick, 1T Director, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor David Averitt called the Budget Workshop to order at 6:02 p.m.
Discussion on Upcoming Budgetary Issues and Priorities for FY 2017-18.
Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented a 4 year review of the taxing rates for the city, and a discussion was held regarding the effective tax rate, senior citizen property tax freeze, and the comparison to local cities. The new fee schedule changes agreed upon at the last meeting were also considered and a discussion regarding water and sewer rates was held.
Mayor Averitt called for a recess at 7:12 p.m. and resumed the meeting at 7:23 p.m.
A discussion was held regarding the Fire Department decision package concerning the sleeping quarter renovation and roof repair, in addition to a shredder equipment purchase, planning consultants, and the hiring of an EDC Director.
Discussion on Bond Proposition.
City Manager Keith Lane presented several alternative methods of funding a new City Hall and the subject of a bond proposition for a new Fire Station# 3 and Law Enforcement Center was discussed. A discussion was held regarding the debt amount, plan development, maintenance and operations rate, interest and sinking rate, and the conversion of park funding to a bond.