Brady Council Approves Budget, Tax Rate, Holds Firm On County EMS Cost Share

The Brady City Council began its session Tuesday night with three public hearings — one for the 2023 City budget; a second for the 2022 tax rate; and the third was  a request for rezoning 603 W. Commerce from Commercial to Multi-Family.

The Council’s proposed budget for the on-going, day-in-day-out operation of the City is roughly $8 million.  The tax rate proposed will be .37 1/2 cents per $100 valuation, down from .39 cents in 2021.

Following the public hearings, the Council approved the first reading of ordinances adopting the budget and tax rate. Also, the Council approved a resolution acknowledging and ratifying that the adoption of the annual budget will raise slightly  more revenue from property taxes than the previous year due to increased the appraised value of property in the City.

The Council approved the first reading of an ordinance approving the zoning change request, and an ordinance establishing a Building Standards Commission for the City.

Other items on the City Council agenda included approving a change in the organizational structure of the animal control department. Going forward, Animal Control will have one full-time employee and two part-time employees.  The Council agreed to start their changing Oct. 4 Council meeting early so the staff can participate in the National Night Out activities; and engaging an auditor for the fiscal year 2022.

As part of their meeting, the Council recognized the promotion for Sergeant Arturo Romero, and approved the retirement of  K-9 Sator to his handler, Captain Randy Batten.

The meeting concluded with an Executive session involving discussions with the City Attorney, and deliberations about real property.

In open session following the Executive Session, the Council voted unanimously to hold firm on their determination that McCulloch County’s share of the cost for operating the EMS services in 2021 is $213,000. The City indicates that number represents 16% of the net cost of operating the EMS since 16% of the EMS calls went to the County in 2021. Based on their calculations, McCulloch County indicated a willingness to pay $198,000 as its share of the 2021 EMS cost.  With the decision by the Council, the ball now moves back into the County Commissioners’ court.