Council lifts water restrictions with conditions

DONNIE BRYANT donnie.bryant@empiretribune.com

Stage 2 water restrictions came to an end Tuesday evening at a special Stephenville City Council meeting held at City Hall.

Mayor Kenny Weldon called a cessation of the stage 2 moderate water shortage conditions, but he warned residents of some limitations still in place.

“I want to remind residents it is prohibited to use automatic irrigation systems from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.,” he said. “Landscape watering can be done at any time with hand held water nozzles, drip systems, watering cans or soaker hoses. It is vitally important to be able to provide an adequate water supply to every citizen. Compliance from people of the city is appreciated.”

Also in consideration was the approval of Ordinance No. 2012-21 which adopted the tax rate for 2012. The adoption of $.485 per $100 of the taxable value of a residence was approved unanimously. The rate is unchanged from last year.

Also up for approval was Ordinance 2012-22 which provided budget amendments for fiscal year 2011-12 for the support of the general government expenses.

“It is important as we consider the coming year that this is not reflective of a budget surplus,” Weldon said. “It is the alignment of revenues to expenditures to reconcile a very lean budget. There has not been an excess of funds. There is a very orderly manner in which expenses are brought forward. This amendment allows us to execute those dollars through the fiscal year.”