City and County Update

San Marcos City Council


The 2015-16 San Marcos City Council, from left: Jude Prather, Jane Hughson, John Thomaides, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Lisa Prewitt, Melissa Derrick and Scott Gregson The 2015-16 San Marcos City Council, from left: Jude Prather, Jane Hughson, John Thomaides, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Lisa Prewitt, Melissa Derrick and Scott Gregson[/caption]

Meetings
San Marcos City Council meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at 630 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. | 512-393-8000 | www.sanmarcostx.gov


Terms and compensation
The mayor and council members serve four-year terms and make $1,700 and $1,450 monthly, respectively. Jude Prather and Jane Hughson declined their stipends.


Video coverage
Live webcasts of meetings are available at
www.sanmarcostx.gov/videos.



Big decisions made in 2015


Flood recovery
City staff and elected officials worked with state and federal agencies as well as nonprofits and volunteers to help in flood recovery and mitigation.


Economic development
The city attracted an Amazon.com distribution center and a pipe fabrication company that together are expected to create more than 1,500 jobs.


Managing finances
The city continued aggressively paying down its debt in 2015.



Top issues for 2016


Flood recovery
The two major floods in 2015 mean the city will be in recovery mode for the next few years, and will continue assessing recovery and mitigation options.


Transitioning emergency response
In the next 18 to 24 months the city will move to fire department-based EMS.


Possible bond issuance
The city will begin discussing its first bond issuance since 2005. The bond may address facilities, including City Hall, new fire stations and a new police department headquarters.