Victoria City Council to get first look at budget

Brian Cuaron

Aug. 1, 2011 at 3:01 a.m.

The Victoria City Council is expected to take a look at the proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-12 during its Tuesday meeting.

City staff recommended the tax rate stay at 65 cents per $100 valuation.

The city has not received its 2011 certified tax roll, which will be used to determine the tax rate.

The prior year's certified tax roll was listed at $3.194 billion.

The city report pointed out that according to the Texas Tax Code, the numbers for the certified tax role were due from the chief appraiser by July 25.

Rena Scherer, Victoria County tax assessor-collector, said that date was when the appraisal district was to send her the numbers. She added she is supposed to determine the effective tax rate or the rate it would take for the city to raise the same amount of tax money as the current rate.

The council is also expected to receive next fiscal year's budget for the Community Development Block Grant. The purpose of the federal grant is to benefit lower-income families and neighborhoods.

Local nonprofits and the Victoria Police Department would receive 14.5 percent of the funds, or $84,900. The grant's total budget was set at $585,137.

The grant's proposed budget allocates $25,000 to Keep Victoria Beautiful for the clean-up of three neighborhoods. The clean-up organization is scheduled to present its budget separately.

The Texas Zoo is also scheduled to give a report on its budget.

And Bruce Ure, assistant city manager, will give a report on the Mexican Consular Identification Card program.

After city officials met in June with the Mexican consul general based in Houston, Ure said the city's police department would soon be accepting the ID card.

The consul general had presented the benefits of the card as a means of identifying Mexican nationals.

Councilman David Hagan has since asked for a report on the card.



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