City may pass budget, tax rate at tonight’s meeting

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The Lewisville City Council could adopt the fiscal year 2019 tax rate and budget at tonight’s meeting, along with new rates for Atmos Energy.

In regular hearings, Council will see four items related to the adoption of the FY 2019 tax rate and budget. In separate items, Council is expected to approve the tax rate, the adopted budget and an updated fee schedule that would fall in line with the 2019 budget’s recovery goals. The full preliminary budget can be found here, and the full fee schedule can be read here.

Council is also expected to adopt the previous budget with all the amendments that have been made over the course of the fiscal year.

Also during regular hearings, City Staff has recommended that Council pass updated customer rates for Atmos Energy utilities, with residential charges going from $18.35 to $18.85 with a 3.96 percent base rate increase, and commercial charges going from $41.95 to $43.50 with a 3.67 percent base rate increase. The resolution will approve a system-wide rate increase of $24.9 million, which was negotiated by the Atmos Cities Steering Committee, a statewide coalition of cities that influences Atmos Energy’s decisions. The energy company had originally asked for rates that would add system-wide revenues of $42 million.

On the consent agenda, the city may approve a handful of financial agreements. Council could vote for Lewisville to participate with the Texas Department of Transportation in a $110,974 grant for enhanced enforcement of repeated traffic violations. TxDOT would pay $79,305 in grant funding for the program, while the city would pick up the remaining $31,669. The city has received specialized traffic enforcement grants for more than 30 years, according to background material.

Also on the consent agenda is a $104,210 contract with Mister Sweeper, a Dallas-based street sweeping service.

The consent agenda also contains an item to waive fees for the Main & Mill Business Association’s shared table event Oct. 14. The waiver would cover an expected total of $2,019.88 in fees. The association held a similar event in 2017, with about $9,000 in proceeds dedicated to a mural on the south side of the Beside the Bride bridal shopping store in Old Town.

During the 6:30 p.m. workshop session, Council will hear a presentation on the city’s utility payment channels.

Lewisville City Council meetings are at 7 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St. in Old Town Lewisville, usually with a workshop session at 6:30 p.m. in which most of the discussion takes place. These meetings are open to the public.