Stephenville City Council members met Tuesday night to get citizen comments on the proposed 2009-10 budget and to set hearings for the proposed tax rate increase.

The meeting opened with City Administrator Mark Kaiser reviewing what the council discussed during the budget workshop and said the $20.9 million budget included the changes that council members suggested last week.

An additional $10,500 will be moved to the Stephenville Historical Museum budget for capital improvement projects and repairs.

Additional funds were also slated to continue the brick street rehabilitation project as suggested by Councilmen Alan Nash and Scott Evans during last week’s workshop.

Kaiser said he is also working on the suggested five percent increase for hangar rentals at the Stephenville/Clark Municipal Airport.

The floor was then opened to citizens, but no comments were made.

Mayor Nancy Hunter said the council would take formal action on the budget on Sept. 1.

Council members then moved to the next agenda item and approved splitting the Child Safety Funds evenly between Henderson Junior High, STAR Council and Cross Timbers Family Services.

Each organization will receive $2,000.

The council set the time, date and place for two public hearings on the proposed tax increase.

Last week, Kaiser recommended an increased tax rate, from $.435 per $100 in property value to $.4435, less than one percent. Although the increase is less than a penny, Kaiser said it would help generate $91,095 in revenue and keep the maintenance and operations tax rate at $.3762 per $100 in property value.

The first public hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 in council chambers. The second public hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8.