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August 19, 2019 City Council Minutes

Special Meeting
Monday, Aug 19 2019
7:00 p.m.
City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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August 19, 2019


A Special City Council Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on August 19, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, Texas, with the following members present:

Mayor An Truong Mayor Pro Tem Lin Thompson Council Place 1 Marian Hilliard Council Place 2 Walter Grow Council Place 4 Brent Weast Council Place 5 Susan Soule Council Place 7 Gaye Vanzant

Council Place 6 Ricky Brown was absent

Staff Present: Keith Lane, City Manager; Rex Phelps, Assistant City Manager; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director, Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Sidonna Foust, Finance Director; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Brian Jacobs, Fire Chief; Paul Berwick, IT Director; Toni Beckett, Human Resources Director, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.


CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

DISCUSSION - Discussion on proposed budget and tax rate for FY 2019-2020.

Finance Director Sidonna Foust gave a recap of the budget update in regard to the lowered sales tax revenue, increased property tax revenue to reflect the rollback tax rate, updated transfers for debt service, which will all result in a 21% fund balance in the General Fund. In addition, she listed the current tax rate ($0.653), the effective tax rate ($0.63511), and the rollback rate ($0.66576), the latter which would provide an increase of $0.0128 for FY2019-2020. A chart showing the total amount of Property Tax Exemptions ($638,971,520) and the Property Tax Over 65 Exemption comparison with neighboring cities was also shown, indicating Haltom City’s 46% Exemption Percentage in comparison to Euless (19%), Keller (11%), NRH (18%), Bedford (23%), Watauga ($26%), and Colleyville (12%). Ms. Foust also presented a household payment comparison and revenues from residential and commercial properties.

A discussion was held concerning homestead exemptions, current tax rates, budget items, including a HVAC system on Fire Department Station No. 2, and the 20% fund balance required by ordinance.

Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 6:18 p.m. Citizen Charlie Roberts inquired as to why the FY2019-2020 Budget was not on the website and was told that only the final budget will be posted. He also spoke of his Open Records Request for an audio and paper copy of the proposed budget, in which City Secretary Camacho will provide him after the meeting. No other citizen came forward. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 6:22

p.m. A discussion was held regarding certain funds and budget amounts, including water meter testing, Redlight camera batteries, incinerator funding, and the tax rate ($0.6562) for maintaining a 20% fund balance.


Mayor Truong adjourned the meeting at 8:52 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:


Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor