Quinlan City Council discusses future plans and proposed tax rate

Quinlan City Council members held a workshop during their Monday evening meeting to discuss the FY 2018-19 preliminary proposed budget, the FY 2018-19 proposed tax rate and other matters related to the current and proposed annual budget.

The proposed tax rate is .544000.

City leaders also voted to hold public hearings on the FY18-19 proposed annual budget and tax rate.

The public hearing on the FY 18-19 proposed budget and the first public hearing for the FY 18-19 tax rate will take place on Sept. 10, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.

The second public hearing on the FY 18-19 proposed tax rate will take place on Sept. 13, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.

The special meeting to adopt the FY 18-19 budget, ratify the tax rate reflected in the FY 18-19 budget and adopt the new FY 18-19 tax rate is Sept. 24, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.

The location of the meetings will be at the council chamber at 104 East Main Street in Quinlan.

The city also discussed, considered and unanimously voted on Resolution 2018-08-03, approving a proposed professional services agreement with Freese and Nichols Inc. for the completion of a comprehensive plan.

“We’ve had several conference calls … we added some things to the scope and took away some things and had a process to get to where we felt like we had all we can get within this project … things we wanted to get and we got it within budget. And speaking from staff, we are pleased with what we could come up with,” said Quinlan City Administrator John Adel.

The total cost for the comprehensive plan project contract with Freese and Nichols Inc. is $147,800, which consist of community snapshots, visioning, the creation of a land use plan, public facilities and services, economic development, implementation planning and deliverables.

Community snapshots will consist of planning context, demographics, local and regional planning and initiatives.

“That snapshot is going to be the initial kick off of the project,” said Adel. “…taking a look at our community, our boundaries, existing plans that we have already done whether it be sewer evaluation study or fire plans as well as any other plans like Highway 34. We’ll take a look at demographics, our population and how its been and how its growing.”

Visioning will consist of community vision and goals, surveys, a project website, branding and public outreach.

“Their will be public involvement, townhall meetings and throughout the process we’ll have a couple of townhall meetings and advisory committees, online surveys and we’ll make sure to have hard copy of surveys,” said Adel.

Other items discussed during the council meeting included a vote on a resolution on an agreement with Hunt County Sheriff’s Office to install communication equipment on the city of Quinlan’s water tower located on East Quinlan Parkway.