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Council approves 2009-10 Budget

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The Ellis County Press

CEDAR HILL – With unanimous approval, Cedar Hill council members agreed not to increase the tax rate for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Mayor Rob Franke said while the city does not have as much money as in previous years, they have done enough during its years of plenty to allow them not to raise taxes during lean times.

"Many of the valuations have dropped," said Franke. "Weve had new commercial growth and the value of residential areas had dropped due to foreclosures and many other effects Monies in the fund balance will be brought down to the policy level.

Franke reassured citizens funds in the "tight budget" will not affect

No one spoke in any of the three public hearings listed on the agenda regarding the 2009-10 fiscal year budgets, including the High Pointe Waterford Oaks neighborhoods.

The subdivision voted to adopt five-year plans establishing additional assessment rated above and beyond the current rates for special public improvement.

The adoption, which passed unanimously, the 10-cent per $100 of taxable assessed value of all real estate property in the Public Improvement District, could generate an additional $331,150 based on 100 percent collection.

In the Waterford Oaks neighborhood, which also passed, as much as $118,465 based on 100 percent collection could be generated within the next five years.

The council approved Mayor Franke to execute a contract with the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services Administration to provide certain health services for the fiscal year 2010.

An inter-local agreement between the city of Cedar Hill and Fort Worth for continued participation at the Environmental Collection Center was also given thumbs up by the council.

Two items from the consent agenda were pulled for discussion, but later passed were the Planning and Zoning Commissions motion for a preliminary plat and plans of Crossroads North Center addition of six non-residential lots at highway 67 and Wintergreen Road.

Major concerns from council members were hopes for the area not to become a "no-mans land."

The second item pulled, but passed with a 6-0 vote was the signing of an addendum to the Solid Waster Contract with Waste Management. Councilman Wade Emmert abstained from the vote.

The final resolution which passed unanimously was the approval of the submission of the Transit-Oriented Development City Center Plan as Cedar Hills 2009 North Central Texas Council of Government Sustainable Development grant application.

The project and funding is expected to occur in 2010 and could fund up to 80 percent of the proposed project creating a link between uptown, midtown and old town Cedar Hill.

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