Members of the Jourdanton City Council voted to approve an ordinance to adopt the operating budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year for the City of Jourdanton, at the Sept. 21 regular meeting. Voting against was council member Patsy Tymrak- Daughtrey.
Other members of the council are Jack R. Harrison, Chester Gonzales, Raul Morales, Karen Pesek and Mayor Robert “Doc Williams.
The council approved a resolution on a motion to ratify the property tax increase reflected in the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget. Voting against was Tymrak-Daughtrey.
Also approved was the ordinance to adopt the 2020 tax rate for the city at $0.71000 per $100 valuation. Finance Director Lara Feagins reported the tax rate will effectively be raised by 6.9071%. This will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a home of $100,000 by $45.87.
Tymrak-Daughtrey voted against the increase. She said she was opposed to the budget because it adds a permanent Code Compliance Officer to work part- time on the weekends. Mayor Williams told her this was not the budget, it was the tax rate. Tymrak- Daughtrey said she made the motion last time to leave the tax rate the same as last year.
Following Mayor Williams reiterating that they were addressing the tax rate Tymrak-Daughtrey said, “You have to approve the budget to have a tax rate. I’m opposed to the budget for the reasons you didn’t let me express and now I’m opposed to the budget because it allows for raises and it allows for the no live-streaming and video taping of the meetings and it allows for a Code Compliance Officer. Therefore, if we wouldn’t have those extra charges, we could have a lower effective tax rate.”
Pesek said, “I think I’m with the majority in saying I don’t want to pay extra money. But being informed is important, which is why I wish people would come to our meetings rather than get their information from Facebook and it’s all twisted and incorrect.”
Pesek said she appreciated Lara Feagins’ comment earlier, because when you see 6.9071% it sounds like a lot, but it’s $45.
SA Food Bank
Mario Obledo, Chief of Government and Public Affairs for the San Antonio Food Bank gave a presentation to council.
Council member Tymrak Daughtrey thanked him and said, “I commend you. We have needed it for years. We still need it and we need it perhaps worse today.”
She expressed appreciation for the service and work the food bank puts into their service. Obledo said they are currently building a culinary training center and venison processing center, where they will teach others a culinary skill and trade. The Hunters for the Hungry program will provide venison to Texans in need.
Mayor Williams and council also expressed thanks.
Council member Pesek, who has volunteered at some of the food distribution drives shared, “It does take volunteers and commitment from the community. You all do an excellent job and I’m so glad that I came out and helped y’all. It’s a great operation.”
Council also unanimously:
•Approved additional costs related to the removal of an old water line in the amount of $5,600 to Brush Country Construction.
•Agreed that the council establish use of the property at 1212A Simmons Ave. and authorizing the city manager and city attorney to work with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid to create a licensing agreement between the two entities. Also included is bringing it to council for final approval.
•Authorized the city manager and city attorney to research the situation regarding future sale of municipal properties and report back to council at the Oct. 19 meeting.
•Approved a contract rider and professional services agreement with Azavar Audit Solutions Inc. for Hotel Occupancy Tax auditing services.
•Approved an “intent to apply” for the Texas Water Development Board for a Flood Infrastructural Fund Project application.
•Authorized Langford Community Management Services to submit a complete financial assistance application for a Flood Infrastructural Fund Project.