While Mayor Pro Tem Craig Swancy encouraged council to maintain the library budget as is, he did ask city officials send Parker County officials a letter requesting more funds from the county, which currently provides $46,000 of the library’s $1.04 million annual revenue. Fleeger previously estimated between 60-65 percent of library patrons come from outside the city.
Mayor Dennis Hooks said the city and county have a good working relationship and the county “will do the right thing.”
Council member Jeff Robinson suggested charging out-of-city residents a fee but was told by Fleeger an interlocal agreement between the city and county states that county residents are provided equal services.
“If we don’t, we don’t get the $46,000,” Fleeger said. “It’s probably time for the city council and commissioners to sit down and talk about that.”
The council will hold public hearings on both the proposed tax rate and the budget at its Sept. 10 meeting.
Funding for outside agencies that made requests for funding last month will be discussed during a called Tuesday work session.