Luxury Cab

Kevin Grimme, owner of Luxury Cab Co., stands by one of his cabs. Luxury Cab along with Express Cab and Cove Taxi signed a petition Oct. 13 requesting that the Killeen City Council hear their case about Uber.

The Killeen City Council will discuss easing regulations on city cab companies in light of a new state law governing ride-sharing companies at its workshop meeting today.

On July 18, the Council reached a consensus to draft a new ground transportation and taxi ordinance stripping away many city regulations on permitting, fees and possibly inspections at its workshop Tuesday.

In light of Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing of House Bill 100 on May 29, which washed away local regulations on ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, the council appeared interested in trying to level the playing field for taxi companies that operate under franchise agreements with the city and are subject to set fare rates and permitting fees.

Councilman Jonathan Okray argued ride-sharing apps — even with pending Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation rules — do not operate on a level playing field with local taxi companies like Luxury Cab and Cove Taxi.

“We’re talking about global industry versus local enterprise,” Okray said. “Right now, it’s not equal.”

The draft ordinance going before the council today will change the city’s tax companies from franchises to operating authorities, strip away costly city inspections in favor of state inspections and bring driver background checks in line with those required of ride-sharing apps by state law.

In other business, the council will hold a planning session to discuss overhauling the city’s financial policies.

According to a city presentation, the council will institute a program of annually reviewing the city’s financial controls to help city staff evaluate the city’s current financial state, evaluate future programs and help maintain long-term stable and positive financial condition.

The council will consider issuing $30,295,000 in “refunding,” or refinanced, general obligation debt to save the city $2.2 million over the life of the bonds, according to a city memorandum.

The council will be required to approve an ordinance and budget amendment to issue the refunding debt.

The council workshop will begin at 5 p.m. at 210 W. Avenue C.

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Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

Well the title of this document seems to reflect the opinions of this city council, 'Don't sweat the small stuff and try to hide the stuff that should be of importance to us all'. In this I am trying to ask indulgence of the citizens of this city to bear in mind just what this city administration is trying to accomplish.

By the nature of this article it is evident, at least to me, the methods and ideology's of this city administration:

Copy: 'In other business, the council will hold a planning session to discuss overhauling the city’s financial policies.'
Continuation of copy: According to a city presentation, the council will institute a program of annually reviewing the city’s financial controls to help city staff evaluate the city’s current financial state, evaluate future programs and help maintain long-term stable and positive financial condition.'
Continuation of copy: 'The council will consider issuing $30,295,000 in “refunding,” or refinanced, general obligation debt to save the city $2.2 million over the life of the bonds, according to a city memorandum.' End of copy.

This city administrative group is moving forward with it's plans, as it has, I believe, to 'consider issuing $30,295,000 in refunding, or refinancing, general obligation debt'. This has been the ploy of the previous city administrative groups and it has succeeded,'in only delaying the end points of the general obligation debts'. This city administrative group has been successful in 'hiding the truth' from it's citizens', thus extending the life, by refinancing the general obligation bonds, or as the old saying goes, 'You can pay me now or pay me later, as a much greater overall cost'. In my life time, the other old sayings goes like this, 'You cannot get anything free'.

What is the referenced 'general obligation debt'???? Why not come forward with 'just what debt are we talking about'???? If it pertains to anything that involves the new city water plant or its infrastructure, I will be in favor of resurrecting councilman's Harris issue to 'put on hold this city's infrastructure plans so we can at least have an opportunity to once again study just what this venture includes'. In my opinion, we do not want to continue to grope, in the dark, as to 'just what this issue is and how it can impact this city'.

This goes for any of the bond issues, already existing or in the future'.

Copy: 'According to a city presentation, the council will institute a program of annually reviewing the city’s financial controls to help city staff evaluate the city’s current financial state, evaluate future programs and help maintain long-term stable and positive financial condition.In other business, the council will hold a planning session to discuss overhauling the city’s financial policies.' End of copy.

To 'evaluate, annually, the progress, 'or digress', of the city's financial strategy's regarding the condition of it's financial status is, let me ask the question: 'What is going to be the indicative nature of this quest, or is it going to be evaluated before the incoming annual city budget or after the annual city budget???? I ask this for the simple reason that 'if it is to be after the city budget, then in essence this city is going to continue to 'chase it's tail' in regard to over-coming the cost of doing business'. If you exceed what this city's indebtedness picture that has been established for the previous year and you establish a new city budget before you review and evaluate what was the success of the last financial status was, then you can be 2 years in arrears of what the course of operation should be. In my opinion, this city should 'correct the course that it is going to take before hand and not be continually operating from behind'.

In this manor, the city would be operating from a position of strength not always trying to catch up from behind.

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