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July 20, 2020 City Council Minutes

Monday, Jul 20 2020
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July 20, 2020

 6:00 p.m.



A Workshop by the City Council and City Staff of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on July 20, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. via videoconference, with the following members present:

Mayor An Truong Mayor Pro Tem Walter Grow

Council Place 1 Marian Hilliard Council Place 3 Lin Thompson

Council Place 4 Brent Weast Council Place 5 Susan Soule

Council Place 6 Ricky Brown Council Place 7 Gaye Vanzant

Staff Present: Rex Phelps, City Manager; Sidonna Foust, Assistant City Manager; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Brian Jacobs, Fire Chief; Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Dave Klopfenstein, IT Director; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director; Jon Stevenson, Assistant Finance Director; Selina McBeth, Assistant Finance Director; Hikmat Qaddoura, Budget Analyst; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director; Lesly Smith, Library Director, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.


CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Workshop to order at 6:00 p.m. City Manager Rex Phelps began the workshop with an announcement that the Finance Department has been awarded the 2019 Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT) Distinguished Budget for the 2019-2020 Haltom City Fiscal Budget. He then proceeded to a PowerPoint that included the following:

  1. Haltom City will proactively adapt to the challenges of uncertainty.

  2. Neighboring cities count comparison – Haltom City stands atop with a .62% ratio.

  3. List of Financial Objectives toward balancing the budget and deferring spending.

  4. Council’s Long Term Strategic Goals in regard to all departments and objectives.

  5. General Financial Funding Balance Sheet with positive balances beginning the year.

  6. Projected Revenues for the General Fund in the amount of $31,889,035.

  7. Sales Tax projections conservatively set at 4% decrease.

  8. Property Valuation and Tax Rate estimated until TAD releases its annual projections.

  9. Projected Expenditures for the General Fund in the amount of $31,889.035.

  10. Departmental Expenditures with projected amounts indicating a 1% reduction.

  11. Decision Package Requests with a minimized amount of $350,000.

  12. Fund Balances projected to increase the ending percentage to 29%.

  13. Fund Balances in the Water/Sewer Fund increasing the ending percentage to 26%.

  14. Drainage Fund with the ending percentage of 18%.

  15. CIP Funds requiring the shifting of two projects totaling $2,667,000 to next year.

  16. Debt Service Fund showing debt decreasing over the next twenty years.

  17. Current Debt payout for the fiscal year 2021 showing expenditure and funding source.

  18. Financial Summary indicating the requirement of 20% fund balances; reduced GF spending by $340,949; single decision package request, and conservative revenues.


1. Discussion on proposed budget for FY 2020-21. Council Members Vanzant, Thompson, and Hilliard all stated they were pleased with the effort of the city staff to effectively submit this new proposed budget. City Manager Phelps and ACM/Finance Director Foust both expressed thanks to the Council and to the city staff for their efforts in this proposed budget.


Mayor Truong commented on both the Council’s and staff’s effort on the budget in comparison to neighboring cities, thanked the IT Staff for their assistance in the meeting production, and then adjourned the Workshop at 6:32 p.m.


Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor