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Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:45 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

With two public hearing scheduled for later this month, the Copperas Cove City Council continued discussions on the city's proposed 2012-13 fiscal year budget last week.

Council members took action on next year's property tax rate, and property owners in the city may see a slight dip in their property taxes during the next fiscal year.

The council voted unanimously to propose reverting back to the 2011 property tax rate of 76 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The current tax rate is 76.39 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

"We can't go any higher that, but we can go lower," Copperas Cove Mayor John Hull said about the proposal.

It is common for city governments to slightly adjust tax rates annually during budget time, said Copperas Cove Budget Director Ryan Haverlah.

In other discussions about next year's budget, several organizations asked for funding.

The executive director of the Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter asked the council for $40,000 to help fund the purchase of an apartment building for the shelter. While the council took no formal vote on the action, council members indicated there won't be enough funds in the budget to make such a donation.

An official from the Hill Country Transit District requested $18,500 for continued services of the public bus routes. City officials said the funds were already in the budget.

The Hill Country Community Action Association requested $5,000 for daily meals on wheels program. The council gave preliminary approval for $2,500.

The city gave preliminary approval to offer $1,500 to youth entrepreneur organization Prepared 4 Life for its Lemonade Day event.

United Service Organization of Fort Hood members asked the city for $5,000, but city leaders gave verbal notice the city would not grant the request.

The council also discussed funds from the city's hotel occupancy tax, and heard from officials from the Heart of Texas Bowl and the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Both organizations are requesting funds from that tax to fund programs for next year. Bowl officials requested $50,000 and chamber officials requested $150,894.

Final approval of the city's fiscal year 2012-2013 budget is still weeks away. The council is expected to formally approve the proposed $45.7 million budget on Sept. 4, following more workshops and public hearings. Public hearings on the budget are scheduled for Aug. 21 and 28.

Contact Jacob Brooks at jbrooks@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468.

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