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The regular meeting of Muleshoe City Council was held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at City Hall. Members present were Mayor Colt Ellis and members Gary Parker, Lupe Mendoza and Crystal Alercon. Mayor Pro-Tem Earl Behrends was absent.

All motions were unanimously approved.

A motion to approve the minutes of the July 11 meeting was made, seconded and approved.

Council considered proposing a tax rate for the FY 2022/2023 budget.

“After getting certified numbers from the appraisal district, the staff recommends that we set our tax rate at .745964. That is what we consider our voter approval rate,” said City Manager Ramon Sanchez.

The current tax rate is .7841, more than the proposed rate. Sanchez said because of evaluations that were done this year by the appraisal district, the city can generate more funds at a lower tax rate.

“It is at the voter approval rate. We’ve actually lowered the rate from last year’s rate,” he said. “It will generate more funds because our tax base increased from $146 million to $161 million. Out of that, $4 million is new properties, new values, and $11 million of that is new valuations. This will generate $52,000 additional funds for city of Muleshoe.”

A motion to consider the new tax rate at the voter approval rate of .745964 was made, seconded and approved by a show of hands.

Council considered setting the date for public hearings on the 2022/2023 tax rate and budget. A motion to set the date for Thursday, Sept. 8, five days before their next meeting, Sept. 12, was made, seconded and approved.

Council considered Ordinance O-535-0822 Approving Atmos Energy Rate Settlement. Sanchez said the City of Muleshoe belongs to a group of West Texas cities that negotiate this together.

“Atmos, following the Public Service Commissioner, requested $8.7 million of additional revenue,” he said. “After negotiations they were brought down to $6.72 million. Some of this was because of a wind storm that happened last year, so they could counter some of their costs. The effective date of this is Oct. 1, 2022. The average residential customer could see (an increase of) approximately $3.36 per month.”

A motion to approve the ordinance was made, seconded and approved.

A motion to receive the Financial Statement for the month ending July 31, 2022, was made, seconded and approved.

In administrative reports:

a. The SPAG Annual General Assembly Meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Science Spectrum Exhibit Hall in Lubbock.

b. The last Movie in the Park for this season will be “The Greatest Showman” on Thursday, Aug. 11.

c. The TML Annual Conference will be in San Antonio Wednesday-Friday, October 5–7. Cancellations must be made by Aug. 25.

d. The Muleshoe Water Park will close for the season on Saturday, Aug. 13.

e. A retirement reception for Ann Mount will be held from 3-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in Council chambers.

In Mayor and Council remarks, Alercon thanked city workers for keeping the city clean following events like the Jamaica, saying members of the public and the Chamber of Commerce have remarked on this.

Council went into Executive Session Closed Session in Accordance with Vernon’s Texas Codes Annotated, Government, Section 551.072 to discuss Real Estate transactions.

The meeting later adjourned.

Gail M. Williams

For The Journal

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