P.O. Box 68
Mason, TX 76856
124 Moody Street
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Fort Mason City Park
1015 San Antonio Hwy (Hwy 87 N)
Mason, TX 76856
CITY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
Monday, August 19th, 2019@ 5:30
Richard P. Eckert Civic Center
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The City of
Mason is an Equal Opportunity Employer;
of Equal Housing Opportunity; Citizen Participation; the Fair Housing Policy;
and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The City Office is accepting donations to assist Mason County in continuation of the Senior Nutrition Program and Meals-on-Wheels. Donations can be made at any time and also can be made when paying your Utility Bill. Please just tell Vickie or Celeste the amount you wish to contribute to this more than worthy cause. Your donation will be itemized on your payment receipt. Thank you for your help.
The City Pool will open for the season on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019. Hours of operation are available at City Hall or on the City's Facebook Page. Hello Summertime! The City Pool will close for the season on August 10th, 2019. We hope you've had a great summer!
CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley
This week’s forecast is for sunshine and hot weather, and even though we have not seen temperatures in the 100’s yet, the heat is sufficient to dry out our lawns and gardens. We have seen some increase since the start of summer in the demands for water, and we anticipate the regular demands for considerably more water as our residents begin watering lawns and landscapes to offset the heat and evaporation. I want to remind our residents that we are currently under Voluntary Water Restrictions which call for watering at a maximum of twice a week and only after the evening hour of 6:00 and before the morning hour of 9:00 so that we all avoid the higher rates of evaporation in the middle of the day. The City staff is hopeful that with your cooperation and the regular rainfall that we have been blessed with for the past few months, we will not see the very high demands for water from the past years. However, we need everyone’s help to protect our water supplies and help avoid the challenges of million gallon per day demands on our local water system.
We have all seen the higher utility bills that come during the summer, and at the City offices we see the effects of the increased demands for electricity as well water that drives these increased bills in August and September. Our utility rates for water and electricity have not changed in any significant manner over the past few years, but we have seen some definite increases in our resident’s uses of both utilities. I have warned people before, but the higher bills that you may see next month are a direct result of just how much utilities you use now; in fact, our electric rate has actually gone down just a little in the past few months! A little conservation now, watering carefully and turning the thermostat up a bit, might make your next utility bill much more pleasing than shocking.
During the next few weeks the City staff and the elected officials will finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year. As we look toward the anticipated expenses, we do not see a great increase in most of the departments and therefore I see no reason that the revenues will need to be increased any great amount. As our auditors have told us, we have been operating on a positive basis for the past several years and we are working toward keeping that pattern for this coming year. The big projects that we have planned during the coming year are either funded already or we have a plan in place to provide funding without any real change in our annual expenses. Therefore, as I look forward to setting the budget I see no reason that we will need to consider any increases in any of our regular utility rates or in the tax rate for the City portion of property taxes. We all understand that each of us must be careful with the limited income that we have, and we are not planning to set any new big expenses that will have a negative impact on our residents in the coming year.
Mason is a great place to live and work, and this past weekend with all of the Round-up and Rodeo activities put the greatness of our small town on display. I hope that we can work together as we move into the future so that we can all say with confidence that Mason is the very best hometown in Texas.
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