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The total 2010 tax levy stood at $17.8 million. This was divided into maintenance and operations funds of $14.4 million and interest and sinking funds of $3.4 million. Of that levy, $1.8 million will go to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone.
The city has 31,688 parcels of taxable property with a total value of nearly $3.8 million with exemptions totaling approximately $343 million. Exemptions included homesteads, disabled veterans, over 65 exemptions, property exemptions and agriculture exclusions.
Under zoning items, a conditional use permit was sale and on-site consumption of alcoholic beverages was granted to Villa Del Mar Restaurant, located in the El Pueblo Phase II Subdivision. The site is 600 feet east of Conway Avenue along the north side of the expressway. The city also approved a “wet” designation for the site.
A conditional use permit for sale and on-site consumption of alcoholic beverages was granted to Yoko’s Sushi Bar, located at 1222 S. Shary Rd. in suite K, lot two of the Home Depot Subdivision.
No action was taken on a request by Waterford Gardens to build sidewalks and improvements including a gazebo on a lot in the Peña Blanca Subdivision.
Authorization to solicit bids for purchase of equipment needed by the city including a tractor, a paver, mowers, trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, a backhoe loader, a jackhammer, three and four inch pumps and a generator in the amount of $271,000 via the state buy board. Equipment will be distributed between various city departments.
The Mission police and fire departments were authorized to accept the 2010 State Homeland Grant of $103,269.50. The police department will receive $79,424 for purchase of portable radios, and the fire department will receive $23,845.50 to buy multi-gas detectors.
The Mission Fire Department was also granted permission to amend a purchase order issued to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists in the amount of $368,414 for purchase of a fire truck through a state approved contract. The amount is still below the 25 percent increase limit allowed under the city’s purchasing policy.
Council members also approved purchasing 22 vehicles via a state approved contract for a number of departments including streets, parks, planning and utilities. The recently approved 2011 Certificate of Obligations will pay for vehicles for use in city departments. The seven vehicles purchased for the Utility Department will be paid for through its funding sources.
The council approved a resolution authorizing South Texas Aggregation Project Inc. to negotiate an extension of the current electrical supplier that will last through 2018. STAP saved the city $220,000 in 2010 and will save approximately $700,000 by the end of 2013.
In December, the council meeting typically held on the second Monday of the month, Dec. 13, will be held the third Monday, Dec. 20. The second council meeting for the month has been canceled.
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