Council to hear 2011-2012 budget

The Borger City Council is set to hear the 2011-12 budget at its upcoming meeting.The budget will be presented during the council’s regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in the city council chambers of Borger City Hall, 600 North Main.The council will conduct a public hearing to allow for citizen comment on the proposed FY 2011-12 budget and consider the introduction of an ordinance making appropriations in support of the general operation of the City of Borger for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2011.The proposed budget includes revenue estimates of $19,651,736 and expenditures of $21,807,089. Borger City Manager Eddie Edwards said expenditures are approximately $2,155,353 more than revenues due to planned construction of three water wells. He said the city does not plan to take any additional debt on to pay for these water wells, saying there are sufficient reserves in the water and sewer funds that will take care of those costs. Funding for the revenue shortage will reduce unrestricted enterprise reserve funds, and no additional debt will be required.In other business, the council will act to introduce an ordinance setting the City of Borger’s combined ad valorem tax rate at 0.78000 per $100 for the upcoming fiscal year, and will act to authorize Edwards to introduce a contact and related documents between the Texas Historical Commission and the City of Borger pertaining to the Regional Coordinator for the Texas Plains Trail, a project of said Commission.The council will also act on a recommendation from the Hutchinson County Tax Assessor-Collector for the sale of property located at 1213 Hazelwood (Lot 12, Block 5, Gateway Addition).A time for questions and comments from citizens will be held. Citizens who have indicated their desire to speak to the City Council will be heard at this time. In compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, unless the subject matter is on the agenda, City Council members are prevented from acting on the subject and may respond only with statements of factual information or existing city policy; however, City Council members may refer the person making the comment to a staff member or request city staff to place the subject matter on the future open meeting agenda. Citizens are limited to three (3) minutes for their presentation to the City Council.