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July 11, 2013

Council eyeing tax increase next fiscal year

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Before any tax increase, public hearings on the issue would be held, Janicek said.

 Weatherford citizens are being asked for opinions on capital improvement projects. Council members agreed to form a citizens capital advisory committee. The committee was formed to help prioritize projects outlined in the city’s Transportation Thoroughfare Plan, which was approved in April.

That plan highlighted a number of long and short-term projects considered critical for growth in the city over the next few years. Director of Capital Transportation Projects Terry Hughes said a similar committee was formed in 2006 and met for about three months, identifying a number of capital projects to help meet demand for services.

Staff members will present committee members with cost estimates for projects and examine a number of funding alternatives. Hughes said getting the thoughts of the community and as many eyes on the plan and as many ideas as possible can only help.

“We want people who want what’s best for the city as a whole,” Hughes said.

 Hughes said criteria for the committee included having a cross section of community members with a track record of community interest. Committee members should also have experience or knowledge to make a contribution and be willing to listen to the needs and wants of others, according to a staff report.

Council members were asked to select four members each and come back in a month with names for possible selection to the committee.

 

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