BY JUDY SHERIDAN
The Aledo City Council passed the FY 2013-14 budget Thursday.
The new budget takes effect Oct. 1.
The $5.5 million budget is up 20 percent from last year with no property tax rate increase. The rate of 39.43 cents per $100 valuation has been the same for the last seven years.
The general fund is $1.43 million, the water & sewer budget is $2.64 million,
debt service is $1.71 million and the Economic Development Corporation budget has $282,000 in projected expenditures.
The biggest difference in revenues in the general fund is due to sales tax revenue projections, up $53,000 from last year. Property appraisals are higher, so property tax collection is estimated to be 15 percent higher. Reserves are also being drawn down by $86,000.
The expenditures side of the general fund will support four new full-time positions — including another sheriff’s deputy — an animal control budget increasing from $5,000 to $42,000 due to more complaints about unleashed animals, the purchase of a replacement law enforcement vehicle and employee merit salary increases of up to three percent.
In the water/wastewater fund, the increase in revenues is attributable to the use of reserves; $150,000 from the fund’s reserves — to avoid a rate increase — and $400,000 from impact fee reserves to pay for a 12-inch water line along FM Road 1187 and the basin 3/Clearfork interceptor, a sewer project on the north side of the city.
The city will continue its $50,000 annual donation to the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department — now part of Emergency Services District No. 1 — because the department will not begin receiving tax revenue until October 2014.
Donations to the East Parker County Library will increase by $1,000 this year to $7,000.
Shary Street in the Lasater Addition and Shady Valley in Hidden Valley will receive asphalt overlays this year.
Funds are also budgeted for improvements to Community Center Park, including a pavilion.
BY JUDY SHERIDAN
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SPRINGTOWN – After finding that a breaker manufactured by a company with a history of issues contributed to a house fire Friday, Parker County Fire Marshal Shawn Scott is urging Parker County residents with Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok circuit breakers to call an electrician and get them checked for safety.
Candidates have filed for city, school board elections
Filings for May 10 city and school board elections are now complete. A summary follows:
On the Aledo ISD school board incumbents David Davis, in Place 6, and Hoyt Harris, in Place 7, have both filed for re-election, each drawing one or more opponents. Farida Goderya has filed for Place 6, opposite Davis, and Riley Morrison and Debra Rogers have filed for Place 7, opposite Harris.
East Parker County Calendar of Events
The East Parker County Chamber of Commerce will welcome retired USAF SMSGT Vernon M. Anderson, Jr., senior technical instructor, Bell Helicopter, Integrated Operations Engineering Support Technical Training Department, as the key note speaker for the March 12 luncheon.
The Sunny Side
WILLOW PARK – Peppered with anecdotes from his stellar baseball career, former Texas Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg gave witness to his Christian faith and told how it changed his life before a crowd of about 200 at the recent annual Trinity Christian Academy dinner and fundraiser.
Aledo ISD approves suicide prevention program
The Aledo School Board approved the LifeLines Suicide Prevention Program in February, lining up with a recommendation from the Student Health Advisory Council, which has spent a year reviewing choices.
Aledo ISD could save up to $2 million
Expecting to save close to $2 million, Aledo ISD trustees recently voted to let district staff pull the trigger on a bank-qualified refunding of some of the district’s outstanding bonds once market conditions are optimum.
Don't feed the deer!
HUDSON OAKS — The city council recently passed an ordinance banning the feeding of deer.
Parker County Sheriff's Report Feb. 27-March 2
Burglary of a vehicle
Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of James Street in Aledo shortly after 6 p.m. regarding the burglary of a vehicle.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Is it too early to start a vegetable garden?
Considering our winter temperatures this year, that’s a good question. When it comes to a successful vegetable garden, timing is everything. The goal in Texas is to have most of your vegetable crops mature before the temperatures soar in mid-summer.
EXTENSION NEWS: Getting more zzzs could help you lose some lbs.
We spend about one-third of our lifetime sleeping. Sleep is important for learning and memory. Sleep also helps our immune system to resist illness and disease, increases response times in emergencies, improves our mood and feelings of wellness and gives us the energy we need to be more active and alert.
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