Budget updates, culvert improvements and body cameras: 5 highlights from last night's Rollingwood City Council meeting

Josh McKay was presented a plaque by Mayor Roxanne McKee at the Rollingwood City Council meeting on Jan. 17.

Josh McKay was presented a plaque by Mayor Roxanne McKee at the Rollingwood City Council meeting on Jan. 17.

Rollingwood City Council met Jan. 18 for the first time in 2018, discussing the city's 2017-18 budget, potential changes to water rates and fees and future area improvement projects. Council also accepted a donation for police body cameras.


1. Fiscal year 2017-18 budget update
City Administrator Amber Lewis presented a report on the city budget through the first quarter of fiscal year 2017-18, which ended Dec. 31.

“You can look at the percentages and see that we are on track,” Lewis said. “We are under budget in our expenditures.”

She said the city has already collected 57 percent of its total budgeted property taxes in fiscal year 2017-18, an increase of 34 percent over fiscal year 2016-17’s first quarter collection. Sales tax collection in Rollingwood is also up by 7 percent year over year, but city water sales are down by 10 percent compared to fiscal year 2016-17, Lewis said.

“Year to date [the city] has brought in $944,000 total for the general fund and expended $576,000, so we are at 34 percent of our [budgeted] revenues and 23 percent of our [budgeted] expenditures,” she said. “Compared to last [fiscal] year our expenditures are up 2 percent and our revenues are up 32 percent.”





2. Water rate and fees structure changes on the way?
Council tabled a motion to adopt an ordinance that would significantly alter the structure of city water rates and fees. Grady Reed, an engineer from firm HDR Inc., said the fund balance in the city’s water fund is “essentially zero” and the city has been using the general fund to cover the shortfall. Click here for a breakdown of proposed changes.





3. Cross culvert improvements coming
A project to improve the cross culvert at Nixon Drive and Pleasant Drive has been developed and could be put out for bid in the coming weeks, said Jay Campbell, project manager for the city’s engineering firm LNV.

Council approved a task order for the surveying and design of the project at its July 19, 2017, meeting.

LNV engineer Marcus Naiser said July 19 that the project would increase the diameter of the existing culvert and make adjustments in easements as needed to improve drainage capacity and reduce soil erosion.





4. City supports TxDOT for Bee Cave Road improvement funding
Council approved a resolution to support the Texas Department of Transportation’s attempt to seek Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization funding to widen the remaining section of Bee Caves Road in Rollingwood.





5. City accepts donation for body cameras
The city accepted a donation of $5,300 from Josh and Katie McKay for new body cameras for the Rollingwood Police Department. Josh McKay was presented a plaque at the meeting by Mayor Roxanne McKee.




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