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August 17th, 2009
Council to consider budget, other matters


The city council in San Marcos will be back in session Tuesday night to consider a variety of matters after occupying itself last week with the Fiscal Year 2010 budget.

At the start of the meeting, before council goes into executive session, the council will hear from the city planning department about form-based zoning codes. Rather than zoning the city by defining zones and listing permitted uses, which leads to oversights such as the recent matter of convenience stores being unable to sell gasoline in the Central Business Area, form-based codes are more lenient as far as allowing the market to determine uses. Following the presentation, the council will provide direction to the city staff.

The council will consider a Chapter 380 Economic Development Agreement with TB Woods Corporation for a 10-year refund of a portion of personal property taxes valued at approximately $59,648. TB Woods Corporation, a subsidiary of Altra Holdings, Inc., is a designer and manufacturer of mechanical power transmission equipment used in a variety of industries for industrial control. The company plans to expand its operations in San Marcos, creating at least 13 new jobs.

The council also will hold its second public hearing on a proposed FY 2010 ad valorem tax rate of 53.02 cents per $100 of taxable value. The tax rate would be the same as the rate in FY 2009. Another item on the agenda calls for the council to discuss the proposed budget.

The council will consider ratifying appointments by Mayor Susan Narvaiz to an ad hoc task force to address redevelopment of the I-35 corridor in San Marcos. The mission of the committee is to develop a comprehensive approach to beautification, redevelopment of vacant buildings and codes.

The council also will consider whether to appoint Councilmember Fred Terry to the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) General Assembly.

Janis Carter, the city’s consultant on legislative matters, will provide an update on the recent Texas legislative session, discussing how lawmakers addressed the city’s legislative agenda.

In a matter for executive session, the council will discuss with its legal counsel how to apply the city’s ethics ordinance to boards and commissions.

Among other matters for the council to discuss are four small zoning map changes. None of the parcels involved are larger than two-thirds of an acre.

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