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The fate of Percy and Chester, the two peacocks that roam the city of Burton, was in the hands of the City Council at their meeting Tuesday evening.  Two citizens of Burton spoke in favor of relocating the birds as they squawk at all hours and like to climb on vehicles, destroying the paint in the process.  Two other citizens spoke in favor of keeping Percy and Chester as they have become a tourist attraction.  The two peacocks showed up in 2016 and replaced a peacock that had roamed the city for 28 years. The Burton City Council decided to table taking any action on the birds and will be looking into training them or trying to limit the areas they roam.

In other action, the board voted to adopt a property tax rate of $.50 per $100 valuation.  The rate is the same as last year and is the maximum amount a small municipality can charge in the State of Texas.  The tax rate will increase the total taxes for the City of Burton by .42 percent.  Council also set a public hearing on the tax rate for their next meeting on September 10th at 5:30 PM at the Burton City Hall.

During the mayor’s report, it was announced that Burton Police Chief Greg Rolling had resigned, effective August 8th.  Mayor David Zajicek said that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, and the County Constable will continue to provide law enforcement for Burton until a new Police Chief is hired.

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