By Kevin M. Smith
Killeen Daily Herald
The Killeen City Council will meet early Tuesday for more budget discussions.
A special workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 101 N. College St. The lone item on the workshop agenda is to discuss the preliminary 2007-08 fiscal year budget.
On Thursday, the City Council approved the maximum tax rate at 69.5 cents per $100 assessed valuation, which is the current rate.
The council will also have its regularly scheduled workshop at 1 p.m. There are eight items on the agenda, including budget discussions.
The council is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget on Sept. 11. If the budget is not adopted by the council by Sept. 20, it goes into effect Oct. 1 as is. The fiscal year goes from Oct. 1, 2007, to Sept. 30, 2008.
Also on the agenda is a discussion on charter amendments. In July Councilman Billy Workman asked for discussion to be on the agenda after the council gave a 4-3 consensus not to pursue charter amendments for November's election.
Workman asked the council to wait before giving city staff consensus because Councilwoman Claudia Brown was not present at the meeting. But Mayor Timothy Hancock said the council cannot put off decisions because one person is absent.
At the July 24 workshop, council members Workman, Larry Cole and Juan Rivera voted in favor of a charter amendment election in November – though not necessarily for the pay raise Workman said he wants in a charter amendment. Council members Otis Evans, Kenny Wells and Mayor Pro Tem Fred Latham voted against a charter amendment in November – though not necessarily against the pay raise. Hancock broke the tie by voting against an election. Brown was absent at the meeting, but Workman hopes to garner her support for a different consensus at the next meeting.
The city can amend its charter – the document that governs the council and city functions – every two years. Amendments to the charter can be made by an ordinance approved by the majority of the council or by a petition signed by at least 5 percent of the qualified voters or 20,000 registered voters – whichever is less. The petition, if qualified, must then be drafted as an ordinance.
Workman claims that more compensation would encourage more residents to run for office.
Other agenda items at Tuesday's workshop include discussions about windmill and solar energy programs, employee group medical insurance proposals, administration details of the Redflex red light camera program, museums, council protocol, including citizens petitions, and residency requirements for board and commissions.
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