City Council Meeting Wrap September 20

Here’s a quick run-down on the top happenings from the September 20 City Council meeting:

City Council Approves a Conservative 2018-2019 Budget: After holding public hearings for a proposed 2018-2019 budget, the City Council voted Thursday night to approve the 2018-2019­­ budget, holding the ad valorem rate at $0.515171 per $100 of valuation.

The proposed budget, which remains fiscally conservative at 24% less than last year’s proposed budget, keeps the property tax rate the same as last year.

Operating expenses have decreased in part due to efficiency gains such as contracting and operating the water system itself, as well as performing maintenance internally on Hutto streets and drainage systems.

City Council Approves Determination of Public Necessity by Eminent Domain: The City Council approved a resolution determining a public necessity to acquire certain properties for public use by eminent domain for right-of-way, construction, access and maintenance for a roadway located near the 51-acre site of the proposed waste transfer facility. The resolution authorizes the City Manager to establish procedures for acquiring the right of way on the property and offering to acquire the right of way voluntarily from the landowners through the making of bona fide offers. The resolution passed unanimously.

City Council Denies Atmos Energy’s Bid to Raise System-Wide Rate by $46m: The City Council voted to deny the request from Atmos Energy to increase the rate by $46 million system wide for the Atmos Texas Municipalities (ATM), of which the City of Hutto is a member. Instead, the Council approved an increase of approximately $12.8 million system wide for the ATM coalition of cities.

For more information on the City Council meeting, please click here for agenda, packet, and video.