The Robstown City Council on Monday adopted a balanced budget and followed through with its goal of approving a lower tax rate for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year, one that is 2 cents lower than last year’s rate.
Council members unanimously approved the new rate of $.953566 per $100 property valuation. That was also the city’s effective tax rate, which is the rate the city would need to adopt in order to generate the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year.
Even still, city officials are expecting to generate $445,749 more in revenue this fiscal year, with the budget calling for $8,870,832 in total revenue. Of that amount, $1,595,000 is expected to be generated from the city’s solid waste services, while an additional $850,000 will come from the Robstown Utilities Systems, according to a copy of the 2011-12 Budget.
The city is expecting to generate $4,468,909 in tax revenue, which includes property taxes and sales tax allocations.
Robstown Mayor Rodrigo Ramon said during Monday’s meeting that the city could see property values increase over the next year if some projects, like the proposed outlet mall, come to fruition.
The budget was approved in a 5-0 vote. Council members Abel Tamez and Arlene Rodriguez were absent from Monday’s meeting.
The city had been facing a $105,731 deficit, City Secretary Paula Wakefield said. However, after meeting with Ramon and other department heads, cuts were made in salary and staffing requests that offset that shortfall. That means the city will not have to dip its $742,000 reserve fund balance, Wakefield said.
In other city business:
• Council members unanimously approved a $5,000 funding request from the Robstown Area Development Commission to help organize and promote the organization’s annual CottonFest event.
CottonFest will take place Oct. 8-9 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.
• City leaders moved forward with issuing $2.6 million in sewer system revenue bonds that will pay for wastewater and drainage improvements across the city.
The bonds will be sold to the Texas Water Development Board and will be repaid over a 20-year period, Wakefield said, with a 3.71 percent interest rate.