• December 19, 2014

Killeen council holds final budget hearing

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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 4:30 am

Members of the Killeen City Council met Tuesday to conduct the last public hearing on the city’s fiscal year budget 2014.

Despite the hearing being one of the last chances the public will get to lobby for or against the new budget before it is passed, there were no speakers at Tuesday’s meeting.

“This is the third and final public hearing,” said Killeen City Manager Glenn Morrison.

The proposed budget lists total revenues for all funds at $165.3 million, and total expenses for all funds at more than $235.8 million.

General fund expenditures included in that budget are $74.5 million, a 2 percent increase from general fund expenditures in the 2012-2013 budget.

General fund revenue for the proposed budget is listed at $73.1 million, up 6.8 percent from the previous fiscal year. More than $25.8 million, or 35 percent, of that general fund revenue will come from property taxes. Sales and occupancy taxes make up the second-largest percentage of the general fund revenue, coming in at $21 million.

The council also voted on two proposed amendments to the 2013-2014 budget. The first was an increase of $28,000 for the Hill Country Transit Authority. The second amendment would reduce the city water and sewer budget by $350,000 by nixing a back-flow assembly testing and revision program. A public hearing for both amendments will take place Tuesday.

The council also held the first of two public hearings on the tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.

Earlier this month, six members of the seven-member city council voted to keep the rate at 74.28 cents per $100 valuation.

No members of the public chose to speak at the hearing on the tax rate. Council members voted unanimously to set the second public hearing for the tax rate at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The council will take a final vote on both the budget and the tax rate Sept. 10.

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