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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Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.
Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges
A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Developer withdraws site plan
ANNETTA —A controversial 34-home subdivision proposed for a 41-acre tract on Duncan Road will not go forward as planned, according to action taken by both the proposed developer and the Annetta Town Council after a public hearing Thursday night.
Aledo City Council to meet July 24
The Aledo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.
Fires damage business, home
Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.
Letter to the Editor
Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.
Registration has begun for Aledo ISD
Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.
County scrambling to fill elections post
Former Parker County Assistant Elections Administrator Laura Watkins, who sought, but was not appointed to the post of Parker County Elections Administrator after Robert Parten retired, last week began work as assistant elections administrator for Palo Pinto County, Palo Pinto County Elections Administrator Judith Evans has confirmed.
Willow Park tackles 11-street project
The Willow Park City Council last week picked a list of 11 streets they’d like repaired as part of the city’s next road repair project, a significant portion of the 17-road, $850,000 list of needed repairs.
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