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The Muleshoe City Council officially adopted its 2023-2024 budget and tax rate during a regular meeting on Monday. 

“I just want to make it clear that the state government makes us read this information in a certain way that we find a little misleading,” Ellis said. “So, last year the tax rate for M&O (management and operating) was 0.610458 and the motion for the tax rate for M&O this year is going to be 0.586787. So the tax rate is actually decreasing and not increasing. I move that the property tax rate be increased by the adoption of the tax rate of 0.586787, which is effectively a 0.0095 increase in the tax rate.”

The motion was seconded and approved by a show of hands.

A motion that the IS debt tax rate be adopted at 0.131453 was made, seconded and approved by a show of hands.

City Manager Ramon Sanchez said, “And on that, our effective tax rate for 2023-2024 is going to be adopted at 0.718240.”

“Which is a little lower tax rate than we were at last year,” Ellis said.

Council considered a resolution ratifying the increased property tax revenues.

Ellis remarked that the resolution confirms the increase in property tax revenues.

Sanchez said, “The resolution is required to say ‘adopts and confirms the increase in property tax revenues.’”

“Which is also misleading because the state is the one who forced their values to go up. So we just need to confirm basically what the state’s forcing us to do,” Ellis said.

A motion to pass the resolution was made, seconded and approved.

Council considered an ordinance to amend the fee schedule. A motion to amend the fee schedule was made, seconded and approved.

A motion to receive the Financial Statement for the month ending August 31, 2023, was made, seconded and approved.

In Administrative Reports:

  • The Muleshoe Water Park has closed for the season.
  • The 2023 Seal Coat Project has been completed. Sanchez thanked citizens who cooperated with the City during the project.
  • Update on HOME Grant. Sanchez said he has keys to two of the houses that will be done in the next few days. They are looking at doing a third house, maybe in a couple more weeks.
  • The SPAG General Assembly meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 13, at the Lubbock Women’s Club.
  • The annual TML Region III meeting will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Post Community Center in Post.
  • The TML Annual Conference will be Oct. 4-6 in Dallas.

The meeting was adjourned.

Present were Mayor Colt Ellis, Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Parker and Council members Lupe Mendoza and Crystal Alarcon. Council member Austen Atchley was absent.

Gail M. Williams

For The Muleshoe Journal

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