Cities say 'no' to new taxes
PALMER - The quarterly meeting of the North Ellis County Coalition of Cities met at Jenny’s Café Thursday, April 14 with a resounding “no” to any new taxing from our government.
Red Oak Mayor Alan Hugley passed out flyers Ovilla Mayor Bill Vansyckle received from the city of Duncanville for a recent resolution passed by their council opposing legislation that would increase the fee imposed by State Comptroller Susan Combs for the collection of sales tax.
Currently, the city gets back two cents from their local sales tax.
“If the comptroller charges us 2 percent of our pennies and looking at more, up to 10 percent, that’s going to be a budget hit for all of us,” said Hugely.
The state, currently hitting local school districts with large budget cuts, could be thinking of hitting local cities next.
“I’m not sure if they [city of Duncanville council] are being preemptive or what but, here in Red Oak, if such a cut was to take place, $70,000-$100,000 would be reduced from our budget.”
Representing city officials in attendance for Red Oak, Ovilla, Palmer, Glenn Heights, Oak Leaf, Pecan Hill and Ferris agreed to write up a similar resolution to try to pass through their councils.
“I am sure they [ legislators] will try to help their situation at the state level by hitting us [cities] with their problems,” said Hugley.
“With this going forward, we are just letting the guys in Austin know this is a possibility we are aware of.”