The Dublin City Council met Monday and passed the 2016-17 city budget to the tune of $4,658,000.
In the process, the council also adopted an ordinance setting the city’s property tax rate at $1.1250, the effects of which were explained in the council's agenda:
• The tax rate will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate.
• The tax rate will effectively be raised by 3.37 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $13.
City Manager Nancy Wooldridge said, “This will mean we still need to come up with $60,261 to achieve a balanced budget.”
In another major shift for the city, Mayor David Leatherwood reluctantly accepted the resignation of Darrell Curry.
Cliff Jackson was later selected by the council in closed executive session to fill the Ward 2 vacancy.
Jackson, who was raised in Lingleville and will finish Curry’s term said, “I’m very honored to be selected and am ready to get to work.”
In other business the city council:
• Authorized staff to proceed with a 50/50 2017 TxDOT Aviation Ramp Grant in the amount of $100,000 for improvements at the Dublin Airport.
• Authorized staff to proceed with a 80/15 TCEQ Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $275,000 for infrastructure. This requires the city to contribute approximately $41,000 in order to receive the grant.
• Awarded the bid for repairs on storm-damaged City Hall roof to Taylor Construction in the amount of $108,215.
The next meeting of the Dublin City Council has been moved to Oct. 17 from Oct. 10 − which is Columbus Day.