A public hearing was scheduled for Aug. 13 during the regular Henderson City Council meeting Tuesday night for the city’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2019-20. 

The hearing will take place at 6 p.m. during the August regular Council meeting.

Also scheduled for Aug. 13 is one of two public hearings for the 2019 tax rate. The other public hearing will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at a special called meeting.

Municipalities are required by state law to have public hearings for the budget process every year as well as to set the tax rate.

Truth-In-Taxation requires taxing entities to inform the public through public hearings of any potential tax increases, considering budgets and setting rates to impose property taxes.

The Council also approved a request from property owners Indolfo and Emama Bazaldua to sub-divide their property located at 306 Kilgore Drive. 

Since 2001 the Bazalduas have owned the property where The La Flor De Galeana Mexican Restaurant sits.

They were asking to subdivide the property into two tracts so that the 4.597-acre tract can be sold for commercial development. 

Also approved was the appointment of Pedro Juarez to fill a vacant board position on the Main Street Advisory Board that has been vacant since 2016.

During the announcements/presentations segment of the meeting Mayor Buzz Fullen announced that Charissa Pool was hired as the new Animal Center director.

“My very first job on day one was to solve the problem with the animals,” said Jay Abercrombie, City Manager. “With the help of others we have managed to decrease the number of animals euthanized. In June 2018 there were 290 animals euthanized June 2019 only 15 animals were euthanized.”

A short video was shown about The Governor’s Community Achievement Award for Keep Texas Beautiful. Out of 10 cities Henderson was named fourth place and neighboring city Whitehouse placed third.

“This was the second time that Henderson has received the award grant. The grant this year was in the amount of $160,000 for landscaping,” said Leon Harris.

It was also announced that Mayor Pro Tem Melissa Morton was chosen to serve on the board of ETCOG (East Texas Council of Governments).

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