Hutto City Council cancels July 18 meeting, schedules budget workshops

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Hutto City Council has cancelled its regular meeting scheduled for July 18, according to a tweet posted to the city’s official Twitter account July 9. Regularly scheduled meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month.

At a July 11 special called workshop, Michel Sorrell, the city of Hutto assistant city manager and chief financial officer, presented three options for an increased tax rate to the council. The current tax rate of $0.51 per $100 taxable value would increase to either $0.62, $0.64 or $0.68.

With meetings running from August 1 to September 19, city council will hear outside agency funding presentations, host two public hearings on tax and budget-related legislation along with two readings of budget and tax ordinances.

City officials pointed to Senate Bill 2—state legislation that provides a cap on how much a city can increase its tax rate without voter approval—along with the passage of its November 2018 bond election projects as reasoning behind the proposed tax increases.

Following the public hearings and related meetings, Hutto City Council is expected to approve and set a tax rate for its adopted FY 2019-20 budget in September.

Budget Workshop Schedule:

August 1: Regular City Council Meeting — Record vote on tax publication

August 15: Regular City Council Meeting — Outside agency funding presentations

August 15: 1st public hearing on tax and budget

August 22: Special Called City Council Meeting — 2nd public hearing on tax and budget

September 5:  Regular City Council Meeting — 1st reading of budget and tax ordinances

September 19: Regular City Council Meeting — 2nd and final reading of budget and tax ordinances

Editor’s note: The headline was changed to reflect the cancelled status of the July 18 meeting.

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Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.
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