The Killeen City Council went three for three Tuesday, approving a slew of state and private grant funds for traffic enforcement initiatives, pet adoptions and rifle-resistant body armor.
After an eight-month wait, the Killeen City Council will take bids on running the city’s solid waste department. But this time, private companies will compete with a department running leaner than ever.
Three months after auditors told Killeen administrators and council members the city should fix more than two dozen critical financial problems, patterns reminiscent of past decision-making appear to be surfacing.
A possible state grant for rifle-resistant police body armor got the Killeen City Council thinking about the future Tuesday during a discussion on long-term effects of the equipment on the city budget.
The Killeen City Council will discuss accepting grants to help pay for police body armor, transportation safety programs and pet adoption preparation at its workshop today.
The Killeen City Council will discuss its meeting protocol and duties during its workshop session Tuesday.
Killeen property owner pocketbooks will feel the pinch for years if two proposed bond packages from the city and Killeen school district are approved by voters in May.
An agreement by the Killeen City Council on Tuesday to lower its reserve fund range citywide could put the city in danger of not being able to pay its bills in the event of a natural disaster, City Manager Ron Olson said.
The city of Killeen could float a voter-approved bond as early as May 2018 as a companion to the Killeen Independent School District’s plan to issue up to $700 million in debt, according to City Council discussion Tuesday.
The Killeen City Council and city staff are working to institute a sweeping reform of Killeen’s municipal finance policy.
How was taxpayer and public money spent?
Killeen released the results of its first internal audit in two years this week after scrutinizing a 10-year-old city credit card program that’s never been audited.
Killeen’s very first audit of its 10-year-old city credit card program used by senior managers and other top leaders shows inappropriate uses of public money, according to results released Tuesday.
Life is about to get a lot easier for taxi and limo services in Killeen.
The Killeen City Council will discuss accepting a grant to outfit Killeen police officers with rifle-resistant body armor at its special workshop session today.
Debt cost savings, airport improvements and easing of the city’s regulation of for-hire transportation companies are on Tuesday’s Killeen City Council agenda.
The Killeen City Council reached a consensus at its workshop Tuesday to scale back city regulation on ground transportation companies to match recently approved state rules governing ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft.
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.
Financial policy and how best to track and spend public money will be a focus Tuesday for the Killeen City Council on Election Day.
With the whirlwind of budget season over, the quiet work of planning for the future has settled over Killeen City Hall.
Killeen City Auditor Matthew Grady previewed what to expect from his first solo audit that’s been underway for seven months.
The Killeen City Council voted to approve an interlocal agreement with the city of Harker Heights to extend the Heritage Oaks Hike and Bike Trail across city lines at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Most of those who attended a public hearing about the Rosewood Drive extension project at City Hall on Thursday evening support Killeen’s plan.
The Killeen City Council discussed an interlocal agreement with the city of Harker Heights to expand the Heritage Oaks Hike and Bike Trail to Purser Park in Heights at its workshop Tuesday.
The Killeen City Council will not meet Tuesday as four council members and the mayor will be at the annual Association of the United States Army Expo in Washington, D.C., today to Wednesday.
The Killeen City Council discussed a conditional settlement behind closed doors Tuesday in a federal lawsuit filed against the city and zoning board of adjustment in June alleging free speech infringement.
A conditional lawsuit settlement that needs to go before the Killeen City Council for approval will be considered Tuesday at a workshop meeting.
The Killeen City Council performed a personnel review of City Manager Ron Olson in closed session Tuesday.
The Killeen City Council will vote on the purchase of six vehicles for the water and sewer department at a cost of $526,820 during its regular meeting today at City Hall.
The Killeen City Council will perform a quarterly performance assessment of City Manager Ron Olson during an executive session following a regular meeting Tuesday.
Better pay for Killeen’s employees. That was the intent was behind salary hikes in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, based on a consultant’s study that showed public safety employees, such as police and firefighters, were paid below market, and that 70 percent of overall city employees weren’t ade…
In pothole-riddled north Killeen, the city’s 2018 budget passed Tuesday was noticeably slim in one area — street maintenance — and help might not be on the way.
Six unanimous votes — one approved budget.
Four companies secure the majority of city/owner development agreements, and the city has never reviewed developers’ books for construction estimates, despite having the authority to do so. Two of Killeen’s agreements with developers were paid from the city’s operations fund.
Just because the management audit of Killeen city finances is over doesn’t mean everyone packs up and goes home — accountability is next and ongoing.
Killeen residents paid their water and sewer bills each month. They paid their trash bills and drainage fees, too.
Capital Outlays (fiscal years 2006–2016):
The city of Killeen earned two national awards from the Government Finance Officers Association for its financial reporting in 2016, according to a city news release.
A platoon of speakers opposing proposed cuts to the Killeen Animal Services division addressed the Killeen City Council on Tuesday during the final public hearing before the council is scheduled to approve its 2018 budget next week.
The Killeen City Council killed a controversial request to clear the way for a special-needs therapy center abutting a residential neighborhood after an emotional and lengthy public hearing Tuesday.
Killeen residents will have one last chance to bring concerns about the city’s proposed 2018 budget and preliminary property tax rate before the City Council at its regular meeting today at City Hall.
The city spent more money than it made for nearly a decade, and during a period of rapid growth that saw its population nearly double, those at the wheel didn’t seem to be paying attention.
Nearly a week removed from an audit presentation that revealed more than a decade’s worth of weakness in the city of Killeen’s financial management, City Manager Ron Olson intends to use the results to chart a financially sound path for his administration.
Some of the most significant findings from the city of Killeen’s management audit report presented at a City Council workshop Tuesday were in the city’s capital outlay policies, which the report found were in significant disarray.
Killeen had a whopping $252.9 million in debt by Sept. 30, 2016, with more than a fourth — 26 cents — of every property tax dollar, going to pay debt service in that fiscal year.
Riding a wave of resident concern over the planned arrival of an MGC Pure Chemicals America plant in Killeen, Councilman Steve Harris is calling for a community forum for city officials to field questions from the public.
The external auditors examining problem years in Killeen’s financial records say they found no instances of fraud or abuse.
The Killeen City Council held its first public hearing on its proposed property tax rate Tuesday and received the same turnout as its budget public hearing Aug. 22: Two residents — one with city ties.
The Killeen City Council discussed a controversial request to allow business space on rural land abutting a residential neighborhood at the intersection of Watercrest and Cody Poe roads at its workshop Tuesday.
Killeen residents and council members are expecting results Tuesday when the findings of a special investigative audit of city finances are revealed.
The big day to reveal findings of a long-sought special investigation of Killeen city finances is Tuesday, and it’s down to the wire.