City tax rate decreases

The Sweetwater City Commission approved the proposed tax rate for the 2012 tax year during their meeting on Tuesday morning, July 24, 2012 at City Hall.The approved, proposed tax rate for the 2012 tax year now stands at $.4630 (46.30 cents) per $100 valuation. City Manager Eddie Brown noted that the rate had been at 48 cents for the past five year, but the increase of valuations led to the decrease of the tax rate. This new tax rate will also come in under the rollback tax rate.Prior to approving the proposed tax rate, Brown reviewed the proposed budget for 2012-2013 with the commissioners; much of what was presented had been previously discussed during the July 10 meeting. Other notable highlights included a change in ambulance charges while several machinery purchases were also discussed as part of the new budget. No action was taken on the budget, as the item only allowed for its review.Following the approval of the proposed tax rate, the commission approved the scheduling of two public hearings--set for August 14 and August 21, 2012--for the proposed tax rate. Approval was additionally given to schedule a meeting on August 28, 2012 in order to vote on the tax rate; the dates will be in compliance with Truth-and-Taxation laws.Two ordinances were also presented during the meeting. The second and final reading of the amendment ordinance regarding the city's 2011-2012 budget was approved, which added a firefighter to the roster following the extended sick leave of one employee. Since the employee has now retired, the roster can be changed back to its original number.Furthermore, approval was given to the second and final reading of the ordinance annexing the 53.14 acre tract of land into the city for the incoming Love's Truck Stop. The land is located northeast of the intersection of Hopkins Road and Interstate 20.One item on the agenda, however, was not presented to the commissioners. A representative from the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) Museum will be rescheduling his presentation on the proposed new construction to a later meeting date.Brown only reported on one issue in his City Manager's report--the informative public meeting to be held by TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) on the project rehabilitating Lamar Street. The meeting was to be held on Tuesday, July 24 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the administrative classroom inside Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.