Weatherford Democrat

September 30, 2013

City of Aledo budget up with same tax rate


Weatherford Democrat

— 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.