By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
At Tuesday night’s regular City Council meeting, Council voted unanimously to approve the proposed budget for fiscal year Oct. 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013 submitted by City Manager Jason Gray. Gray highlighted the fact that the city is able to balance the budget and maintain a healthy reserve fund balance, while not raising the city’s property tax rate.
The biggest change to the budget since it was presented to Council at the Aug. 3 meeting is due to recently gathered information that the city’s property tax revenue is up $428,000, Gray said. He noted that the majority of the unanticipated funds will be allocated to funding five new police officers and adding positions at the city’s libraries. McKinney police officers are currently responsible for 849 citizens per officer and that number will remain constant during fiscal year 2013.
Part of the city’s budget includes the water and wastewater fund and as the cost of water supplied from the North Texas Municipal Water District increases, the adopted budget includes a deficit of $426,204. The overall fund expenses are expected to rise by 65.1 percent by fiscal year 2017 from a current rate of $45,378,125 to $74,922,947. The city will also incrementally pass on some of that cost increase to consumers by increasing the water rates by 2.5 percent for the next five years.
|Fiscal Year||Increase Amount|
|5 Year Total||$10.60|
Prior to approving the budget, Councilman Ray Ricchi (Dist. 4) questioned the availability of funds to build a park adjacent to McClure Elementary School. Several residents, who have children attending McClure, addressed council voicing their desire to have a park built next to the school. Council member David Brooks said that council has been supportive of efforts to partner with MISD and build parks adjacent to elementary schools. City Manager Gray said that the difference here is that the city doesn’t own the land next to McClure and that the possibility of leasing the land from MISD is being investigated. Mayor Loughmiller said that this will be addressed as part of the priority system that is already in place through the McKinney Parks and Rec Department.
Council also adopted an ordinance for the total property tax rate to remain at 58.55 per $100.00 of all taxable property within the city.
Council approved the city manager’s request to enter into a professional services agreement with McKinney ISD to provide a School Resource Officer (SRO) for each MISD high school. The cost of the SROs is shared evenly between MISD and the City of McKinney. MISD requested that the officers be assigned in a full time capacity to each high school campus. The SROs will no longer divide their time between high school and middle school campuses.
In other business, Lori Dees, Environmental Health Manager for the City of McKinney, gave an update on the status of the mosquito control. Dees said that to date, the city has identified 16 mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile Virus and there have been nine confirmed cases of human West Nile Virus within the city limits. The city has sprayed a total of 17 times, spraying a radius of approximately half a mile each time a positive mosquito pool is confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services Laboratory or a human case of West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, or Dengue fever is reported to the Collin County Department of Health.
Council recognized the McKinney Independent School District’s Board of Trustees for McKinney being selected as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. The competition recognizes communities that prioritize youth education and well- being. McKinney will receive signage identifying the community as one of the 100 best for young people, as well as a $2,500 grant.
Pictured at right: Members of the MISD Board of Trustees, and Superientendent J.D. Kennedy are honored at the McKinney City Council Meeting.
Power point slides from City of McKinney