By Lauren Cabral

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - The City Council rezoned an area of land Tuesday in anticipation of the construction of Brookview Village Apartments, a senior living center.

The 6.857 acres of land on Meadowbrook Estates, located just behind Giovanni's, was previously zoned business, but was changed to multi-family residential in anticipation of the 96-unit complex for seniors age 55 and older proposed by MacDonald Companies.

The unit is planned to feature a pool, fitness center, a coin-laundry facility and other amenities.

A residential services coordinator would organize activities for residents, and on-site management would maintain the property.

Gardner also spoke to the council about drafting a resolution for the Texas Municipal League to try to garner support in receiving funds from the state to help subsidize the city for revenue lost in recent years from property tax exemptions for disabled veterans and their spouses, a mandate passed by the Texas Legislature.

She said there were 385 households exempt this year, and next year that should increase to 418.

She and some council members said they expected that number to increase, which is why some form of new legislation is needed.

The council also discussed property taxes in a workshop prior to the meeting where Budget Director Ryan Haverlah said by keeping the 76 cents per $100 of assessed valuation rate from last year, the budget would need to be rebalanced to account for a $111,129 deficit caused by a decrease in property tax collections. If the effective tax rate of 76.39 cents per $100 valuation is used, there would only be a $69,250 deficit to make up for.

The council directed city staff to use the 76.39-cent rate in the proposed budget.

Other changes to the proposed budget include the addition of a funded part-time library position and a plan for a compressed work week.

In other action, the council:

Recognized patrol officers William Hughes and James Dudden for being Employees of the Quarter.

Recognized Trudy Chapman, a laborer in the Parks and Recreation Department, for five years of service.

Proclaimed Aug. 1-7 Storm Water Pollution Prevention Week.

Approved a second reading of budget amendments for the 2011-12 budget.

Appointed Bradi Diaz to the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

Established school zones for House Creek North Elementary.

Approved changes to the 2011 Lampasas Central Appraisal District Budget.

Heard the HOT Bowl annual report from Bowl Chairman Jack Welch and the Chamber of Commerce second quarter report from Chamber President Marty Smith.

Contact Lauren Cabral at or (254) 501-7476.

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