Corsicana City Council conducted its second public hearing regarding the property tax rate during Monday night's meeting, and agreed to postpone voting on the 2020 budget until Sept. 23.
City Manager Connie Standridge said the tax rate is proposed to remain as it has been for the previous 16 years at $0.6272, the rate at which the budget has been prepared for the 2020 fiscal year.
Standridge added that the budget was prepared and available for public viewing at the Corsicana Public Library and online at the City's website, reflecting a balanced budget.
Resident Joe Brooks spoke regarding the tax rate, stating that while property taxes have gone up since the appraisal, making properties more valuable to sell, no employees lost benefits and the City did not lose any employees as a result of the property tax increase.
Per the recommendation of Karen Morris, Chief Appraiser for Navarro Central Appraisal District, the City approved a nomination for Mayor Don Denbow to continue service on the Navarro Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.
The Council approved the adoption of Charity Care Policy and Guidelines, a Texas Department of Health and Human Services mandate that goes into effect Oct. 1.
Corsicana Fire Chief Paul Henley said Emergency Medical Service providers will provide services to Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as those without third-party insurance. The policy would rate the patient's ability to pay, using prudent payment models, with EMS being reimbursed on Charity patient transports.
Council member Pct. 1 Susan Hale said she was okay with voting for Charity Care Policy and guidelines, but would like to see the service in action for a while, and then revisit the policy to ensure proper service participation.
Republic Services was awarded multiple bids for the fiscal year, including the Hauling Contract for the operation of a garbage and refuse collection service within the City, the Landfill Use Contract for collection and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and recycling, and the Commercial and Industrial Refuse Collection Franchise Agreement for the collection of commercial, industrial, and construction refuse.
Republic Services will begin picking up recycling containers starting Oct. 1. Residents that want to continue recycling should sign up for the subscription program at the utility department building at 200 N. 12th Street.
The Council approved adding language to the proposed Oil and Gas Well Ordinance amendment, tabled Aug. 26, that allows the Council to review the minimum 1,000 foot distance on a case by case basis.
Resident Clifford Brown voiced public comment during the Oil and Gas Well Ordinance hearing, stating that the ordinance was perfectly reasonable to protect the city from undue stress from drilling.
Having heard public feedback, the Council unanimously approved amendment of the wording in the Oil and Gas Well Ordinance.
The Council awarded bids to several companies for city upkeep and maintenance though 2021, including:
Vegetation Management Services for October 2019 through 2021 to Landmark Earth Services.
Curb and Gutter Construction bid to Diamond C Concrete.
Joint and Crack Seal (Asphaltic Concrete) to Mike Benton Enterprises.
Cemetery Maintenance for October 2019 through September 2021 to Farmer's Custom Mowing.
Fuel for the Fiscal Year 2019/2020 to Winter's Oil Partners, L.P.
Gravel and Road Material for the Fiscal Year 2019/2020 to Knife River, Gary Holloway, and Martin Marietta.
Asphaltic Material for the 2019/2020 Budget year to TexasBit and Knife River.
The next City Council meetings are set for Oct. 7 and Oct. 29.