By Holly Wise
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS - The Lampasas City Council approved the city's proposed 2010-11 budget by a 5-2 vote Monday during its regularly scheduled meeting.
Councilmen Evan Stubbs and Bradley Neely opposed the adoption of the proposed general fund budget.
The proposed budget includes a 1-cent increase in property taxes per $100 valuation. Last year's tax rate was 39 cents; in the proposed budget the new rate is 40 cents.
Also included in the budget is a 3 percent pay raise for city employees. The positions of assistant city manager/city secretary, director of public works, parks superintendent and information systems specialist will garner a $5,000 annual raise. The director of parks and recreation will receive a $2,500 annual raise.
City manager Michael Stoldt told council members the individual pay raises were consistent with the additional job responsibilities and pay categories associated with those job titles.
Council members unanimously voted to approve the water fund and transfer water and wastewater operations to the city from OMI. OMI was responsible for wastewater collection, water distribution and meter reading services for the city.
The city's contract with OMI expires Oct. 4 after the council filed a 90-day written notice of canceling the contract.
By voting for the city option, council members approved reducing the proposed water and sewer rate increases. The new rates were not available at press time.
Neely and Stubbs opposed the approval of the electric fund following the council's approval to move forward with the solar project. Approval of the solar project moved $400,000 from the electric fund to the solar project capital fund.
The council unanimously approved the debt service, golf, aviation, special and capital funds.
Lampasas city finance director Terry Knudsen said all the funds are balanced. The general fund has $7.5 million; the electric fund $10.8 million; debt service $588,400; the golf fund $485,760; the aviation fund $126,570; and the Lampasas Economic Development Corporation fund $506,220.
The total for the water/wastewater fund was not available at press time.
A copy of the budget will be available on the city's website today, www.lampasas.org.