At the regular meeting of the Gonzales City Council, a tax rate of 0.3511 was voted on and ratified. This is a 3.88% increase from the previous year’s tax rate, which becomes a 17.35% increase when factoring the increase in property values as determined by the Gonzales County Appraisal District.
All members of the Council, except for Councilman Gary A. Schroeder, District 1, voted in favor of the new tax rate’s ratification. The tax rate will go into effect with the new fiscal year, on Oct. 1.
Multiple members of the community gave public comment at the meeting regarding the tax rate vote, as well as forward progress in the project of including historical panels in the downtown square, and possible alternatives to its colloquial name, Confederate Square.
Public comment regarding the tax rate ratification centered around the effect a tax increase will have on city residents. Comments suggested that property owners may have to pass along these increases to renters, in the form of rent raises, with the alternative being that they lose revenue.
In other business:
A resolution to alter and adopt the city’s investing policy was tabled until after the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation has its meeting on Sept. 28.
- The Consent Agenda, including the minutes from meetings in August and the changing of the job description for Lineman I/Meter Reader to Reporting Supervisor, was approved.
- The Council approved a request from City Manager Tim Patek to solicit requests for grant administration service proposals, as well as solicit request for qualification for “engineering services for a Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery-Mitigation Program grant application.”
- New and reappointments to city offices were approved by the City Council.
- A $75,000 cleanup project of the Lynn Theater, necessitated by the presence of mold, was approved.
- City Manager Tim Patek gave an update on weed prevention, the hydro plant, Certified Public Manager program and District 2 Clean-Up. Patek indicated that around 30% of the city had been treated for weeds.
- In closed session, the council discussed:
- In Re Estate of J. B. Wells litigation
- Patricia Bennett and Gloria Knight v. City of Gonzales, Texas Cause No. 27,500
- A Guerra Enterprise LLC D/B/A Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cause No. 27,591
- An unopened city street, regarding its purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if “deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.”
- Deliberation on the “appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee.” The positions discussed were:
- Appointments to the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustments
- City Manager