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September 11, 2013

No one comments on city budget during public hearing

GREENVILLE — Local residents didn’t have much to say Tuesday about the proposed City of Greenville budget for the coming fiscal year.

In fact no one spoke either for or against the proposed budget during the annual budget hearing, conducted as part of Tuesday’s city council agenda. The council is now set to vote in two weeks to formally adopt the budget and tax rate.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim has proposed maintaining the current property tax rate of 69.9 cents per $100 valuation in the coming budget. The rate would be below the effective tax rate, which would raise the same amount of money as in the current fiscal year, of 74.1 cents.

The budget calls for a little more than $20.9 million in expenditures, and $20.7 million in revenues. Ebrahim is proposing to take the difference from the fund balance. The proposed budget is leaving several currently vacant positions unfilled and is making up for a significant shortfall in property tax revenue. The budget also includes an increase in the amount to be spent on maintaining city streets, as well as a 3 percent pay increase for city employees.

Votes to officially adopt the budget and tax rate are scheduled for Sept. 24.

A new city budget and tax rate must be adopted before the start of the next fiscal year on Oct. 1.

Copies of the proposed budget are available for review in the City Secretary’s Office, at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library and on the City of Greenville web site at www.ci.greenville.tx.us.

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