LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Six unanimous votes — one approved budget.

The Killeen City Council was in agreement in ratifying the city’s fiscal year 2018 municipal budget and property tax rate in a series of six separate votes at a special meeting Tuesday.

By a 7-0 roll call vote, the council first approved the city’s $180.2 million budget, which was balanced after the city’s budget debacle in 2016.

Supplementing the budget vote, the council also authorized the cutting of 20 vacant civil service officer positions from the Killeen Police Department, bringing the city’s officer vacancy total to 16; the city employs 239 officers.

The city’s budget also includes cuts to a number of community activities, the cutting of two vacant animal control officer positions from the Animal Service Division and limited funding for badly needed road maintenance throughout the city.

The budget will go into effect at the beginning of the fiscal year Oct. 1.

Property taxes

The council also approved a property tax rate of 74.98 cents per $100 of taxable value — the same as last fiscal year.

Because the city will raise more tax revenue at the same rate, it was mandated by state law to hold two public hearings before the ratification vote.

The effective tax rate, or the rate at which the city would gather the same amount of property tax revenue as last fiscal year, was 70.27 cents per $100.

The city’s rollback rate, calculated by subtracting eight percent from the tax rate’s maintenance and operations portion, is 72.23 cents per $100.

At a workshop session following the special meeting, the council discussed the purchase of six vehicles for the water and sewer department at a cost of $526,820.

The purchase will include four 1-ton service trucks and a midsize SUV from Caldwell Country Chevrolet using the Texas Association of School Boards BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative for a total of $155,700. The city also seeks to purchase a large sewer cleaning truck from Houston Freightliner using the Houston-Galveston Area Council Purchasing Cooperative for $371,120.

The funds will come from the fiscal year 2017 budget in three water and sewer divisional budgets and will not encumber the 2018 budget.

In other business, the council:

Discussed awarding an approximately $1.2 million contract to Murphy Pipeline Contractors to replace 11,535 feet of water main along East Veterans Memorial Boulevard between Church and 38th streets through pre-chlorinated pipe bursting. The city said the funds for the repair are available through a 2013 water and sewer bond issue.

Discussed the $162,538 replacement of the roofs at Killeen Fire Station No. 3, No. 7 and the Central Station. According to a council memorandum, all three roofs are not weather sealed and are in need of repair to prevent mold. The funds to pay for the repairs are available in the department’s 2017 budget.

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(5) comments

Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs.. In the past and probably it will be the same way currently the city budget is good for one day which is the day it is approved by the council. After approval the department heads have free reign over the budget. Purchase one thing call it something else . So if all this money is still available from previous yearly budgets to do certain projects, would it not be better practices to get the projects completed at the time the money is there to preclude material cost increases and to prevent more damage to the project which no doubt would increase the cost? Is this money just sitting around idle or is it at least in an interest bearing account? The KDH asked why people do not attend budget hearings, the short answer their ideas or opinions will be made but I think city council members are not listening because the decisions have already been made so what is the use in going? The Killeen city council long ago has shun the people , they are in their minds the leaders. I doubt most of them have a real idea or even a vague idea what leadership really is or how it can work for the betterment of all concerned. Just watch how some act at the meeting, some act like spoiled brats, others want to get aggressive with other members, some avoid their responsibilies by saying let the city manager do it. God bless America, President Trump and John Wayne wherever he may be.

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

Balanced budget? I'm going to say that it depends on whose definition of balanced you use.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer>

@eyewatchingu: 'Well I care and that is what matters' for I am a tax paying individual, just one, but I care, therefor I use that voice in an attempt to rectify 'what is wrong with this city, this State, this country, because I care'.

These are all 'politicians who ran for the office 'to make a difference' in what is to become the values of this city.

What is to become of a city that is ran by politicrats, by people who do not have the interests of 'people', who do not 'care'????

It was once said 'that people in power tend to gather about themselves people that are just like them'. I find this proven each and every day, and moreover you find this progressing each and every day.

People are loosing site 'of what made this country great', of what they will loose in it's demise.

Yes, I am one that cares what is to be lost.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

This city council again approved a city budget that was superficially elevated by the approval of positions that were not even filled, the positions of the 20 vacant positions that are not going to be filled.

Does this city budget a 'approve' the 16 additional vacancies for police officers???? Does this 'approval' stem from the fact that the 16 police officers that when they are hired, the funds for these officers will come out of the 'general fund' and not the police department budget???? Where are the funds being allocated????

And the only comment I would make is; 'If the funds are from the excess of funds already approved, why then does this council have to spend the time approving the expenditure again'???? The money has already been approved as funds coming out of the 2017 budget, and secondly, why wasn't this money spent during the first part of the 2017 budget year which started in October, 1016???? This was forecast as money that was to used in the 2016 budget, in 2015, so 'why has it been delayed until now and been sought after now????

Again, why is this being brought up at this time, and voted on, the 'replacement of the Fire department roofs, if the funds were previously approved in the 2017 budget that was included in the 2016 budget allocation as voted on, and what was the reason for 'not attending to this matter when the in the fall of 2016???? The money was there was it not????

And finally, does the allocation for the $1.2 million dollars become a part of the $180.2 million dollar budget or is it 'over and beyond this allocation a $181.4 million dollar budget???? I feel it is important to note 'what the actual budgeted amount is', so we are all on the same page.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

eyewatchingu

They don't care Alvin. They to worried about fake KKK flyers, and cotton. I just have to say one thing, "Forty Hour Week (For A Livin')"

There are people in this country
Who work hard every day
Not for fame or fortune do they strive
But the fruits of their labor
Are worth more than their pay
And it's time a few of them were recognized.

Hello Detroit auto workers,
Let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin',
Just to send it on down the line
Hello Pittsburgh steel mill workers,
Let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin',
Just to send it on down the line.

This is for the one who swings the hammer,
Driving home the nail
Or the one behind the counter,
Ringing up the sale
Or the one who fights the fires,
The one who brings the mail
For everyone who works behind the scenes.

You can see them every morning
In the factories and the fields
In the city streets and the quiet country towns
Working together like spokes inside a wheel
They keep this country turning around.

Hello Kansas wheat field farmer,
Let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin',
Just to send it on down the line
Hello West Virginia coal miner,
Let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin',
Just to send it on down the line.

This is for the one who drives the big rig,
Up and down the road
Or the one out in the warehouse,
Bringing in the load
Or the waitress, the mechanic,
The policeman on patrol
For everyone who works behind the scenes.

With a spirit you can't replace with no machine
Hello America, let me thank you for your time...

As long as we keep elececting these people that have a (libturd) agenda, we will never see good hard working jobs here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-G2J3RzURA 40hour song. I will run for Mayor !!!!! Because I want to put the citizens to work, I want to see our men in Blue owning our streets!

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