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Council may ask voters to decide on street repairs

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

City Council will discuss asking voters to decide on a slight street maintenance sales tax at Tuesday's workshop.

If council votes to place the referendum on the ballot, it will be contested on the May 11 municipal ballot. City memos indicated the sales tax could generate approximately $1 million. State tax code states this tax revenue must be used exclusively for the maintenance and repair of municipal streets that existed on the date the tax was enacted, and may not be used for the construction of new streets.

Should Deer Park voters approve the tax, it would only be applied for four years and must be placed on the ballot at its expiration for it to be reapplied.

This is a discussion item only.

Also on the workshop agenda is input from city staff on the new garbage bag distribution program. Rather than provide door-to-door delivery as in years past, residential water bill customers were mailed cards redeemable for two rolls of 52 trash bags. Citizens were able to use those cards to pick-up their rolls at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center, City Hall parking lot or City Hall from early-October 2012 through early January 2013. City memos state approximately 7,900 households received their bags during this timeframe.

City staff has identified areas where the program excelled and needs improvement. Staff said there are also questions that need to be answered for its trashbag consumers including: "Fundamentally, who are the bags intended to serve? (Renter vs. Landlord, Water bill customer vs. ad valorem tax payer, User of our residential trash service vs. non‐used of our residential trash service) and Can a landlord retrieve five sets of bags for five rental properties he/she owns?"

During the workshop, council will also receive an update from the Budget Advisory Committee, issues relating to employee incentive pay, issues relating to a request from contractors for employee overtime and emergency replacement of a 12-inch sanitary sewer line for Park Vista Lane.

The regular meeting agendas include action items on the sanitary sewer line replacement and amendments to incentive pay.

Other action items include calling a joint public hearing with Planning and Zoning on the request of Cynthia Cortez to rezone 4426 Pasadena Boulevard from Single Family-1 (SF1) to Office and Professional (OP); and two separate public hearings on budget amendments from the Crime Control and Prevention and Fire Control and Prevention and Emergency Medical Services districts.