Texarkana, Texas, City Council meeting covers several topics

    At their weekly meeting, the Texas-side City Council discussed the passing of businessman Davis Gus Orr, recognized David Baumgardner's service to the community, unopposed candidate re-elections, amending the budget, and several other items up for consideration.

    Mayor Bob Bruggeman sent thoughts and prayers to the Orr family after the passing of David Gus Orr who was a longtime civil servant as well as well-known businessman and citizen of Texarkana.

    Bruggeman also recognized David Baumgardner's service to the community at Lifenet, as well as his guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The board approved several consent items including receiving and accepting unopposed candidates for two council seats, as well as a resolution to approve the application for the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, and the Fiscal Year 2023 Bullet-Resistant Shield grant program application.

    Further, the board approved action items including amending the budget estimate of revenues and expenditures for the previous fiscal year and adopting the budget for the new fiscal year, as well as approving the Master Fee list for 2023 and considering the issuance and sale of tax and revenue certificates for 2022.

    The council was also briefed on adopting approving a ten-year water and sewer rate structure, and a consideration to amend the Code of Ordinances of the City Land Development Code.

    The council also approved public hearings including fixing the tax rate and levy for the next fiscal year, ratifying the budget containing a property tax rate, and approving the Air Force RADOME's donation to the Air Force Radar Museum in Ohio.  They also approved food sales properties, a car lot, and tattoo studio.

    The council's next meeting will be Sept. 26.

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