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City lowers tax rate while stressing tough economic times

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – Due to the economic hardships faced by many, the city of Waxahachie spent hours grueling over the new proposed budget which passed via a 5-0 vote during Monday’s, Sept.21, regularly scheduled meeting.

During this process, in order to save the city money, employees are now required to take at least one furlough day a month, which means work without pay.

"We just have to get through the tough economic times," said Paul Stevens, city manager.

Several jobs were cut including, two vacant positions, 16 part-time positions, two educational and five others that were already filled by city staff in order to save costs.

Lowering the city’s tax rate ever so slightly from .615 to .611 is a move that the city is hoping will bring in more revenue in the long run.

The evenings meeting also approved new board members for various boards and committees including two to Mid-Way Airport, Kent McGuire, whom was also appointed to the Investment Advisory Board and Gary Richter.

Judge Sylvia Beaver, was the topic of executive session for the third time since August.

Beaver, first appointed in 1997 and collected over $6 million in revenue for the city, has faced multiple critics who accuse her handing out steep bonds for first time offenses to students that attend Waxahachie Independent School District, where she also teaches as a English as a Second Language teacher.

After reconvening, the council took no action, despite many residents protesting and giving testimonial at various meetings throughout the past several weeks.


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