by Clinton Bowman
The Denver City City Council met in regular session on Monday night, August 3, where they addressed their agenda.
After the pledge to both the United States and Texas flag led by Mayor Pro Tem Robert Hanneman followed by the opening prayer from Councilman Mark Sherman the Council started their meeting.
During the announcement portion of the meeting Chief of Police David Hennigan introduced to the Council a new officer to his police force. The Council welcomed Brice Parker.
Also during the announcements Councilman Clinton Bowman offered condolences on behalf of the Council to Mayor Tommy Hicks for the loss of his wife Julie and to the Rodney Parker family for the loss of Rodney. Councilman Mark Sherman also congratulated Councilman Bowman for being nominated to be inducted into the Texas High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
In the first item on the agenda City Manager Stan David presented the effective tax rate for 2020. The first thing he noted is the change of terminology. Effective tax rate is now known as no-new-revenue tax rate and Roll Back election is now known as voter-approved tax rate.
According to the worksheet presented to the Council this year’s adjusted taxable value is $181,026,338 and the proposed new tax rate will be 0.916590/$100. The Council will officially set the rate in their first meeting in September. Should the Council set the rate above 0.961756/$100 a voter-approved (Roll Back) election would be held.
The tax rate for 2019 was in the area of 0.85/$100.
Moving to the next item the Council once again had a short discussion concerning the drought contingency plan. City Manager David explained to the Council this is an annual review of the plan.
Councilman Bowman did ask Public Works Director Dave Tedford how many gallons of water the Denver City water tanks held. He was told that between the three tanks they were at full capacity for a total of 1.5 million gallons of water.
And in the last item dealing with COVID-19 and the CARES Act funds David noted the City had received a check from the CARES Act for $55,000. The amount of the check is based on the population of the community. Currently there are 85 reported coronavirus cases in Yoakum County and 54 recovered. There are also two confirmed deaths.
After the approval to pay regular bills that totaled $365,620.79 the Council adjourned followed by a budget workshop.