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City Hall 

P.O. Box 68
Mason, TX  76856

124 Moody Street
Phone: 325-347-6449
Fax: 325-347-5955

Emergency, Weekend and
After Hours Telephone Numbers

       Electric           
347-2247

Water & Wastewater
347-2245

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Fort Mason City Park

1015 San Antonio Hwy (Hwy 87 N)

Mason, TX 76856

             325-347-2064            

   
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CITY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING Monday August 21, 2017 @ 5:30

Richard P. Eckert Civic Center

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The City of Mason is an Equal Opportunity Employer; 

Supporter of Equal Housing Opportunity; Citizen Participation; the Fair Housing Policy; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

 City Corner




CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley

 

     The heat and sun have made a full time return to remind us that it is summer in Texas.  It is still a pleasing green everywhere, but being mid-August the heat will soon dry out any moisture in the ground and the green grasses will be a thing of the past.  As the heat does dry out your landscape and the lawns around town, please remember to use wise water conservation at your home so that we will all have plenty of water for the daily chores that require it.  If you do water your lawns, please only water once a week and use the early morning hours and late evening hours so that the heat and the sun do not evaporate most of what you try to get on the grass and plants.  We have not reached the problem levels that we saw during the drought a few years ago, and have not set mandatory water rationing, but I trust that your voluntary help and water conservation will take care of all the current concerns.

     Another big job in the City office every August is the completion of the annual budget for the coming fiscal year.   State law requires that every governmental entity approve their annual budget by the end of September for the coming year, and we have to complete the many levels of calculating the line items that make up the budget at least thirty days before voting on it.  Since we try to deal with the approval at our regular September meeting, rather than having a special meeting, I have just finished the City budget and filed it with the City Secretary as required.  That means that if you would like to have a look at just how we propose to spend your public funds during the coming twelve months, there is a copy of the budget that you can view or take home to study at length available at the City offices on the square.  We have started a new format for presenting the budget based on the recommendations of our auditor, and the budget we approve will be a departmental format where each type of function of the City is separately identified and the revenues and expenses for that department are summarized.  Attached to this, and the basis for the departmental totals, is the line item budget format that we have worked with for many years, and this gives all of the detail for the many individual expenses and the breakdown of the revenues that keep the City running.  We have to show our proposal for the coming year, as well as the year to date spending and the previous budget for comparison, and if you have any questions of how we manage the public funds of the City this is probably the best document to give you an idea of the complexity and details of City operations.

      A copy of the City budget for fiscal year 2018 is available in the City office, but a brief summary is that we are not anticipating any significant changes in our City operations that will create any new expenses or problems.  We are not including at this time the water treatment facility that we will be needing to plan and build in the next couple of years to meet our water quality standards because at this time we do not have accurate estimates of the costs and expenses that will be involved.  This Capital Project, along with the permitting and construction of the new landfill, will create some additional revenue needs in the near future, but at this time the regular City operations will continue without the need of any increases in any utility rates, and without increasing or changing the City portion of the local property taxes.  When we know just how much the expenses will be and once the Commission makes a decision on how to seek the funding for those capital projects, we will let you know right away how that might affect our residents.  For now we are planning to be very conservative in our spending, and we are planning to set aside any excess revenues for offsetting the anticipated capital expenses in the future, and we are looking to continue to manage the City finances in a careful and wise manner.   Our goal is to continue to provide the excellent level of service and utilities that our citizens have come to expect, and look to the future to plan for better City services and to improve our community to make this the best hometown in Texas.







































































































































       
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