The Colorado City City Council met again last week, April 21, in a special called meeting, to deliberate on a full agenda. The City’s budget has been completed and unanimously approved by the city council for the fiscal year beginning May 1 and effective until April 2023. This year’s budget came in $200,000.00 dollars less than the approved budget for 2021-2022 year, with a total approved budget of $3,873,000.00. The council also approved three new ordinances that will result in an increase of parks, recreation, water, sewer, sanitation, landfill and permit fees and rates. Before you let that rub you the wrong way, the water, sewer and sanitation increases will apply to commercial, industrial, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and churches only. Residential rates will not be affected by the approved increases. Texas Department of Criminal Justice will also see a water and sewer increase with Ordinance 2022-10. The water rate for TDCJ is $5.50 per 1000 gallons, where before the TDCJ paid $4.00 per 1000 gallons. TDCJ’s sewer rate will now be $5.00 versus the $3.50 per gallon rate with the new ordinance. “It came to our attention that some of the businesses had not been paying their fair share, we have corrected that. The hotels had been given a break by Mr. Hoover; we did not go up drastically. It was an eye opener how many businesses had not been paying their fair share,” said Councilman Sammy Contreras. Building, electrical, plumbing, gas lines, HVAC and miscellaneous permit fees such will see an increase as well according to the new ordinance. All permit fees on an average will have a 50 percent increase. “Our permit fees were lower than the majority of the state,” said Mayor Robert Oliver Parks and recreation permit fees have a slightly less increase than the other permits but you will still see an increase. Reservation fees for parks have rose from $25.00 to $50.00. City pool fees were increased from $5.00 to $6.00 and pool party fees have been increased to a 1 ½ hour party was $150.00 now will be $200.00, a 3 hour party will be $400.00 instead of $300.00 and a 4 ½ hour party will be $600.00 instead of $450.00. “With the upgrades we made to the pool, that’s still cheaper than the majority of pools. We are lucky to have a pool,” said Councilman Travis Lynch. The council was on a role with approvals last Thursday night; the council approved a pay increase for Donna Madrid of $3000.00 dollars steepened (retroactive back to April 14) a month while Madrid serves as both city secretary and interim city manager. Godspeed Automotive was approved for the Façade Improvement Grant Program. The Economic Development Corporation will match up to $9,999.99 dollars for improvements the Navarrete’s will make to the front of their Godspeed Automotive building. The next regular scheduled city council meeting will be held on May 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the civic center in Colorado City.

April 27, 2022

The Colorado City City Council met again last week, April 21, in a special called meeting, to deliberate on a full agenda.

The City’s budget has been completed and unanimously approved by the city council for the fiscal year beginning May 1 and effective until April 2023.

This year’s budget came in $200,000.00 dollars less than the approved budget for 2021-2022 year, with a total approved budget of $3,873,000.00.

The council also approved three new ordinances that will result in an increase of parks, recreation, water, sewer, sanitation, landfill and permit fees and rates.
Before you let that rub you the wrong way, the water, sewer and sanitation increases will apply to commercial, industrial, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and churches only. Residential rates will not be affected by the approved increases.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice will also see a water and sewer increase with Ordinance 2022-10.

The water rate for TDCJ is $5.50 per 1000 gallons, where before the TDCJ paid $4.00 per 1000 gallons. TDCJ’s sewer rate will now be $5.00 versus the $3.50 per gallon rate with the new ordinance.
“It came to our attention that some of the businesses had not been paying their fair share, we have corrected that. The hotels had been given a break by Mr. Hoover; we did not go up drastically. It was an eye opener how many businesses had not been paying their fair share,” said Councilman Sammy Contreras.

Building, electrical, plumbing, gas lines, HVAC and miscellaneous permit fees such will see an increase as well according to the new ordinance. All permit fees on an average will have a 50 percent increase.

“Our permit fees were lower than the majority of the state,” said Mayor Robert Oliver

Parks and recreation permit fees have a slightly less increase than the other permits but you will still see an increase. Reservation fees for parks have rose from $25.00 to $50.00. City pool fees were increased from $5.00 to $6.00 and pool party fees have been increased to a 1 ½ hour party was $150.00 now will be $200.00, a 3 hour party will be $400.00 instead of $300.00 and a 4 ½ hour party will be $600.00 instead of $450.00.

“With the upgrades we made to the pool, that’s still cheaper than the majority of pools. We are lucky to have a pool,” said Councilman Travis Lynch.

The council was on a role with approvals last Thursday night; the council approved a pay increase for Donna Madrid of $3000.00 dollars steepened (retroactive back to April 14) a month while Madrid serves as both city secretary and interim city manager.

Godspeed Automotive was approved for the Façade Improvement Grant Program. The Economic Development Corporation will match up to $9,999.99 dollars for improvements the Navarrete’s will make to the front of their Godspeed Automotive building.
The next regular scheduled city council meeting will be held on May 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the civic center in Colorado City.



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