Councilmembers voted to accept the tax rate at 50 cents per $100 valuation, which includes a 0.1068 maintenance and operations rate and 0.3932 debt service rate. Public hearing on the tax rate is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on September 10th.
The council also approved the Washington County Appraisal District’s proposed budget, as well as the retention of funds from 2016-17’s budget. The appraisal district’s request to transfer $15,000 from vehicle replacement to use for a computer backup system was also granted.
Councilmembers approved a motion to change the wording of an agenda item considering the drilling of a backup water well to replace the collapsed well at East Mulberry Street and North Brazos Street. Discussion of the item, which was changed to “Consideration and discussion regarding the collection of information regarding the drilling of a backup well”, was moved to a later date.
The council also approved the hiring of Brenham attorney Aaron Kleinschmidt as Burton’s city attorney and prosecutor. Kleinschmidt had been a lawyer in Brenham for two years.
The city council also tabled an ordinance concerning use of recreational vehicles within the city. Councilmembers said they would like to see an ordinance put before them that contains restrictions for parking of recreational vehicles that are not currently being used.
In other items, the council received a report from the Beautification Committee, and approved an amendment to an existing ordinance concerning building code permits and inspections.