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Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 4:30 am

Killeen City Councilman Terry Clark wants to hear more updates from various boards and commissions of other governmental agencies that work closely with the city.

The council hears some reports from outside groups during budget season — mainly because those boards and commissions rely on city money — but at other times during the year, city leaders don’t hear anything, Clark said.

At least eight boards and commissions created by other government bodies have Killeen representatives, including the Bell County tax appraisal and health districts, Central Texas Council of Governments and the Hill Country Transit District, which operates The HOP public transportation system.

Clark said quarterly updates on those groups will give the council a “broader understanding” of what’s going on in other branches of local government.

“We can hear from them all at once,” he said.

Clark said he would like to have the Killeen representatives from those boards speak for a few minutes in front of the City Council.

He will likely unveil his plan at a council workshop later this month, he said. If other council members favor it, he said city staff should be able to add the updates to council meeting agendas.

Elizabeth Blackstone, the council’s mayor pro tem, said she would need to hear more information on Clark’s initiative before making a decision on it.

She said representatives from the boards usually give updates on the organizations when they make a presentation to the council during the budget period, which is going on now.

The next council meeting is at 5 p.m. today at City Hall.

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2 comments:

  • Viktor posted at 10:08 am on Tue, Aug 13, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 317

    These boards already give updates to their pals over coffee and at social gatherings! Those are the opinions that really matter. Citizens are just a cash source that provide tax income and don't need any updates. Lets not change with the times when the tried and true model has always worked.

     
  • Eliza posted at 9:16 am on Tue, Aug 13, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 897

    Councilman Clark does have a good point, since he is one of the people whose name is connected with the approval of any funds the organizations mentioned receive from tax payers.

    Ms. Blackstone states: She said representatives from the boards usually give updates on the organizations when they make a presentation to the council during the budget period, which is going on now.

    It would seem to me that at least some of the org. receiving tax funds, would want to step forward themselves voluntarily during the year, as a good will gesture to the people who furnish the funds they receive , and let those people know, how their org. is spending their money.