The Killeen City Council is one step closer to approving a budget and tax rate for the 2014 fiscal year.

The seven members of the council held the third and final public hearing on the city’s tax rate during a special meeting Tuesday night.

While the meeting marked the final opportunity for the public to comment on the new tax rate, no one chose to speak for or against it at the meeting.

In September, six members of the seven-member city council voted to keep this year’s tax rate at 74.28 cents per $100 valuation.

“This is the second public hearing, and we will set the tax rate at the next meeting,” said Martie Simpson, director of the city’s finance department.

The council also held a public hearing on two amendments to the 2014 budget during Tuesday’s special meeting. The first was an increase of $28,000 for the Hill Country Transit Authority. The second amendment would get rid of a back-flow assembly testing and revision program, reducing the city water and sewer budget by $350,000.

The council will take a final vote to approve both the budget and the tax rate during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

In addition to voting on the budget and tax rate, the council will vote on a number of other issues, including approving lease agreement renewals for the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport and amending fees for the Killeen Civic and Conference Center as well as aviation and golf course fees.

Members of the council also will vote on the appointment of Roshanda Smiley as the city’s executive director of human resources.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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