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Councilman wants to raise taxes, no public vote

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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE- Budget issues were the biggest concern of Monday’s back to back meetings.

The council got together with city officials to go over their new fiscal year budget which needs approval no later than Friday, Aug.20 to allow for public hearings before and after the regular scheduled Monday, Aug. 2 council meeting.

According to Council member Mark Singleton, he doesn’t see the need to place a tax increase vote in front of the residents.

"As a councilmember I was voted in to represent the city and I don’t think we need to go and spend money to hold an election and ask the residents whether or not we can raise their taxes or not, or hold a bond election for the new firehouse," said Singleton, president of Citizens National Bank.

"My circle of friends would be willing to pay a tax increase."

Councilman and Wax-ahachie area attorney John Wray disagreed.

"I just don’t feel comfortable making these decisions without asking what the tax payers want first, "said Wray.

"There has been at least three or four issues in the past I felt as a citizen should have been placed on vote but were not and I want to do what’s fair in representing the people."

In search of money for much needed road repairs, Mayor Buck Jordan agrees there should be a vote.

"The older group would vote for it- the majority I have spoke to," said Jordan.

"Not the newer ones but the older would vote for a tax increase to help improve the roads and the city."

They council is looking at a vote in November for a bond on a new firehouse and the tax raise if such options were decided.

"In order to place the bond vote on the November ballot the decision and everything would need to be decided before Aug.24," said Wray.

Council goes back into budget workshops next week with one held Tuesday, Aug. 10 and Thursday Aug.12 with each beginning at 5:30 p.m. and open to the public.

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