The Salado volleyball program fell to the Academy Bees Friday night in five sets (20-25, 25-7, 23-25, 25-8, 17-15). The Lady Eagles played well, but too inconsistent to come away with a win. Sophomore Lainey Taylor would have a big night finishing with 11 strong kills and 2 blocks.[Read more…]
by Tim Fleischer
Public hearings on the Budget and Proposed Tax Rate will be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and Sept. 12. Aldermen will vote on the Budget and Proposed Tax Rate at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19
Mayor Skip Blancett filed the Proposed 2019-20 Budget with Bell County on Aug. 9, The general operating budget is 20% higher than the 2018-19 budget at $1.3 million.
Aldermen will discuss the budget at their Aug. 15 meeting and set dates for Public Hearings on the Budget and Tax Rate.
The budget has a proposed tax rate of $0.6135 per $100 valuation, slightly lower than the 2018 tax rate of $0.6276. Despite the lower rate, it will generate more revenues to the Village. Total net taxable values for the Village increased to $246,6 million compared to the total net taxable values of $233.1 million, an increase of about 6 percent.
Property taxes will generate $395,238 in general operating revenues and $758,804 in debt service revenues.
Sales taxes will be budgeted at almost 25 percent higher for 2019 than 2018. The proposed budget anticipates $490,000 in sales tax revenues.
Other revenue sources include franchise fees of $226,000, up five percent from 2018, $45,320 in permits and fees, driven by building fees of $36,970, $23,150 in services and $0,500 in fines and forfeitures.
The general operating budget will have the following departmental expenditures:
• $472,708 in administrative costs, including $234,564 in personnel costs.
• Developmental services of $96,886, including $81,387 in personnel costs.
• Public Safety Department costs of $533,214 including $40,00 contract to Salado VFD and $386,928 in police personnel costs.
• Public Works Departmental costs of $47,072, $44,789 in personnel.
• Parks Department Costs of $8,670.
• Street Department Costs of $180,650, including $130,000 in capital outlay for streets, Main Street improvements and other capital outlay costs.
The Hotel Occpancy Tax budget is proposed at $227,000, principally funded by HOT taxes.
Top HOT expenses are these: Personnel, $103,4017.25; Visitor center lease, $18,204; Marketing, $70,000, and Arts, $21,000.
The Wastewater Fund Budget is proposed at $238,115.52 with expenses of $209,370, including $37,450 for utilities, $160,920 for operations contract and $11,000 for testing and sludge fees.
The debt service budget is proposed at $758,804 in property tax revenues and $182,575 in interest expenses and $495,000 in bond principal payments.
Salado’s sales tax allocation for August was 25% more than the previous year’s payment as the Village outpaced every other city in Bell County in terms of percentage increase except Nolanville. Nolanville saw a dramatic 37% increase in its August payment.
Last week, Texas Comptroller sent sales tax allocations totaling $876.8 million for August, 4% more than in August 2018, to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. These allocations are based on sales made in June by businesses that report tax monthly and on sales made in April, May and June by quarterly filers.
The Village of Salado received $57,332.63 for its August rebate for the 1% local sales tax that it collects. Last August, the Village received $46,037.07.
For the year, the Village has received $366,957.58, which is 15% more than year-to-date 2-18 payments of $320,462.19.
Salado Public Library District levies a half-cent sales tax. It received $40,140.07 in August, an increase of 18% over last August’s payment of $34,039.73. For the year, the Library District is running 12% ahead, having received $271,128.11 through August compared to $242,826.72 through August 2018.
Nolanville, which levies a 1.5 cent local sales tax, received $88,614.87, while last August’s payment was $64,882. For the year, Nolanville is running 36% ahead, having received $567654.50 compared to $418,059.71 through August 2018.
Temple’s payment was the same for August at $2.1 million. For the year, Temple is running about 4% ahead with payments of $15.3 million compared to $14.7 million through August 2018.
Belton is up slightly, having received $501,761.34 in August, compared to $94,889.87. For the year, Belton is 1% ahead with $3.5 million in payments. Belton levies a 1.5 cent local sales tax.
Killeen sales tax payment is up 4% this August at $2.2 million. For the year, Killeen is up 5% at $16.6 million. Killeen levies a 1.5 cent sales tax.
Jarrell levies a 2 cent local sales tax. Payments to Jarrell are up 63% for August at $183,751.46. For the year, Jarrell has received $1.3 million in sales tax payment, 51% more than year-to-date 2018.
In addition to the local sales tax, the Village of Salado levies mixed beverage taxes. The second quarter payment to the Village was $6,125.33, which is 30% higher than last year’s payment of $4,711.36. For the year, the Village has received $10,694.61 in mixed beverage sales taxes, which is 39% more than then $7,703.73 paid through the second quarter 2018.
Salado students will return to class for the first day of school on Aug. 21. There will be many new faces of teachers and staff at Thomas Arnold Elementary campus to greet them.[Read more…]
Date Opponent Location 7th B 7th A 8th B 8th A Sept. 12 Academy Away 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM Sept. 19 Troy Home 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM Sept. 26 Connally Away 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM Oct. 3 Robinson Home 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM Oct. 10 Rogers Away 6:15 PM Oct. 17 Lorena Away 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM Oct. 24 Madisonville Home 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM Oct. 31 Mexia Away 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM Nov. 7 Fairfield Home 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Project Backpack Fundraiser scheduled for July 14 – August 11.
The eleventh annual Project Backpack Fundraiser will support Salado ISD students for the 2019-2020 school year who are pre-qualified for the Salado Family Relief Back to School Program.[Read more…]
Services held Dec. 5 for Joyce Edwina Smith
Services for Joyce Edwina Smith, of Temple, were Dec. 5, 2004 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple with Rev. Joe Bentley officiating. The body was cremated. She died Dec. 3, 2004 at Wellington Living Center in Temple.
Joyce Edwina Smith was born in Agua Dulce, Texas to John William Smith and Nell Jones Smith Brandhorst. She graduated from the Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi at age 17. She operated a very successful telephone answering service in Alice, Texas during the 1950s.
She moved to Waco, where she worked as a bookkeeper for Texas State Technical Institute, now TSTC. After retirement, she moved to Temple and was a professional, specialized seamstress.
Smith was preceded in death by her mother Nell Jones Smith Brandhorst in 2001, her husband Jacob Ronald Smith in 1970 and her grandson Jason Randall Smith in 1997.
Survivors are three sons, J.R. Smith, of Kingsville, Texas; John Wm. (Bill) Smith, of Salado, and Fredrick A. Smith, of Temple. She is survived by 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Salado United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 771, Salado, TX 76571 or Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, 206 N. 3rd, Kingsville, TX 78363.