Council set to finalize annexation process
Ordinance bringing 1,274.6 acres into city limits to be presented tonight at special meeting

Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

More than 1,270 acres (see shaded areas) would be annexed into the city limits

Annexation, budget and tax rates are on the agenda for a special meeting of Sulphur Springs City Council set for 7 p.m. this evening.

Members will hear, on first reading, an ordinance proposing to annex 1,274.6 acres of land into the city limits. Land included in the annexation proposal is primarily along the right-of-way of the proposed State Highway 11 extension, and would be brought into the corporate limits of the city, according to City Development Director Johnny Vance.

Vance said the need to annex the property into the city is attributed to the need to plan for growth of the community, specifically in the target area.

Final approval of the annexation, which is expected to be complete by early November, must also come from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Also on the agenda are ordinances that will set water, sewer and sanitation rates for the city for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1. Those rates are expected to increase 4 percent, a figure City Finance Director Peter Karstens said reflected the increase in the Consumer Price Index.

Final reading of the ordinance setting the city's tax rate for the coming year will also be heard by the council. The proposed tax rate will remain at 44 cents per $100 property valuation, but anticipated tax revenues will increase due to an 8 percent increase in property values.

Action on the budget, tax rate and water, sewer and sanitation rates must be approved by the end of this month and will become effective on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The council meeting will convene at 7 p.m. this evening in the Council Room of the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 125 South Davis St.

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