The Sealy City Council last week adopted its budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.
There was little discussion and no public feedback.
Finance Director Steven Kutra said he provided a memo to the council prior to the meeting with some proposed changes that were subsequently included in the document that was adopted.
“It reflects the utility rate changes,” Kutra said. “[The changes] passed in the consent agenda and we wanted to get those included in the budget since they weren’t originally.”
The money that is generated through the rate changes will balance the water and sewer fund and the waste fund, said City Manager Lloyd Merrell.
“All the city funds will start the year with a balanced budget,” Merrell added.
The city council also approved an ordinance providing for the levy and collection of ad valorem taxes and a property tax rate that will allow the city to collect more money due to higher property appraisals.
In other matters the council discussed repaving stretches of Eagle Lake Road, Tiger Lane, Ninth Street and 10th Street at a cost of about $83,332, an estimate provided by Sealy Paving. The streets identified show a starting point, Merrell said, but city staff is willing to take suggestions from council about other thoroughfares that need repaving.
“We’ve got a lot of streets that need to be paved,” Merrell said. “We’re going to have to look at that and start getting some every year. I’ve been out walking around. This is a start.”
The projects involve overlays, not replacing water, sewer or gas lines, Merrell responded to a question from Councilman Larry Koy.
Councilman John Hinze clarified that about $90,000 is available in the city budget for such projects.
Additionally, repairs were approved for the walking trail at BP&W Park.
The city’s next regular meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, a deviation from their regularly scheduled meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, due to scheduling conflicts.