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City Council to discuss use of $100,000 for secret economic development project

By Sonny Long
March 13, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 12, 2011 at 9:13 p.m.


IF YOU GO

Both the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation board of directors and the Victoria City Council meet in the council chambers at 107 W. Juan Linn St. On Tuesday, the sales tax board will meet at 4 p.m. and the city council at 5 p.m.

The public should learn Tuesday how the $100,000 allocated last month to the Victoria Development Corporation was used.

Both the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation board of directors, which recommended the budget amendment, and the Victoria City Council that approved it meet Tuesday with related topics on each agenda.

Although Victoria Mayor Will Armstrong, who also sits on the sales tax board, would not confirm prior to the meetings how the funds were spent, a proposed resolution the sales tax board will be asked to consider offers some insight.

"I am very hesitant to comment," Armstrong said. "The wording of the resolution before the sales tax board speaks for itself."

The resolution reads, in part, "the board wishes to reaffirm its prior amendment of the budget in light of the filing of House Bill 2556 in the 82nd Texas Legislature by Representative Geanie Morrison."

Dale Fowler, executive director of the VEDC, will also report to the board on the bill that proposed the transfer of the University of Houston-Victoria to the Texas A&M System.

The city council agenda includes consideration of a resolution ratifying the sales tax corporation's programs and expenditures for 2010-11.

Both meetings' agendas include an executive session to discuss a community development prospect and economic development negotiations.

The city council agenda also includes, among other items:

The second and third reading of an ordinance amending the city budget by $135,000 to provide funding for the testing and inspection of sanitary sewer lines in the Mayfair Terrace Subdivision.

The first reading of an ordinance amending rotocraft landing site regulations.

An update from city attorney Thomas Gwosdz on the synthetic marijuana ban.

An update from Fowler on StarTek tax repayments.

The complete council agenda can be found at www.victoriatx.org/council/agendas/03152011a.pdf.

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