BULLARD – Local city leaders adopted a $2.9 million budget during Tuesday's Bullard City Council meeting, along with a $0.605347 property tax that will generate funds for it.

Both figures are higher than that of the current fiscal year, which concludes Sept. 30, said Bullard City Secretary Doris Crockett.

“The property tax rate is a penny more than last year's rate (of $0.595347),” she said. The tax is assessed per $100 property valuation.

Meanwhile, the newly adopted $2,920,236 budget is higher than the current budget of $2,058,319, according to the

city website, www.bullardtexas.net, which also noted “This budget will raise more total property taxes than last year's budget by $146,483, or 9.51 percent, and of that amount, $114,292.84 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax role this year.”

The city's new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

That is the same day that an amended ordinance adopted by the council Tuesday regarding a 3.3 percent across-the-board rate increase for solid waste services provided by Republic Services, Inc., takes effect.

For residents, that means a 50-cent increase, Crockett said.

“For residential one-cart use, the rate goes from $15.27 to $15.77,” she said, noting that the rate adjustment is based on the companies' consumer price index increases.

Also during Tuesday's meeting, the council:

• Adopted an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of the City of Bullard, Texas, Tax Note, Series 2019; “levying an annual ad valorem tax and providing for the security for and payment of said note; and enacting other provisions relating to the subject,” according to the meeting agenda.

• Approved a contract with the Bullard Community Library for financial support of $1,000 per month plus water, sewer and garbage expenses. The monthly rate remains the same as the support received now, while the utilities rates will reflect current assessments, Crockett said.

• Adopted an ordinance amending the 2018-19 budget by moving funds budgeted in accounts for which expenditures will not be needed to those accounts for which additional expenditures will be needed.

• Adopted an ordinance amending one section of the city's Code of Ordinances regarding fees “related to building, electrical, plumbing, gas and miscellaneous permits, and inspection fees; establishing fees for remodeling based on square footage; and establishing a fee for review of plans” in response to HB 852.

• In separate, but related actions regarding incoming City Manager David Hortman, the council added Hortman as a signatory on all financial-related institutions, as well as listed him as an authorized representative on the city's TexPool Account.

• Authorized paying Mayor Pam Frederick a monthly amount that a city cell phone would cost in order to offset cellphone cost.

• Changed the regular October meeting date to Oct. 15, due to conflict with an Oct. 9-11 Texas Municipal League annual conference slated in San Antonio.

• Approved staff reports, as well as minutes from the Aug. 13 regular meeting and for called meetings on Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.

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