Lufkin, TX — The Lufkin City Council will hold a budget workshop during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. today at Lufkin City Hall.
The council will present its overall budget for the next fiscal year during the workshop scheduled to begin after the council’s executive session, according to city manager Paul Parker. The council will cover the entire budget while focusing on highlights, such as plans to keep the tax rate the same, not increasing costs of solid waste services and a small increase in water rates.
“Changes are pretty insignificant throughout the budget,” Parker said. “There aren’t any major program changes.”
The budget does include two new positions for the police department and a full-time municipal judge position to replace the part-time one in place now, Parker said. The budget lists the addition of seven positions and the elimination of six in all.
City officials stated in a packet for the council that the budget “includes the third year of the approved four-year scheduled rate increase in water and sewer rates of 6 percent for all classes of customers for fiscal year 2012.”
Regarding redistricting, the council will hold another public hearing over the proposed new boundary lines for election wards, according to the meeting agenda.
The council will consider an amendment to the 2010-11 Operating Budget regarding supplemental appropriation of funds in the Convention Center Fund and the Solid Waste and Recycling Fund, along with increasing the fee schedule for emergency medical services base rates and mileage and authorizing the city manager to adjust and set charges for medical supplies used in emergency medical transport billing.
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