It's hard to believe, but one year has passed since you voted me into office. The Council and staff continue to work hard for the betterment of our community. We have completed several projects in the last year including a multi-use trail along Florida Street. You will also notice that several street projects are being completed all around the city and we will continue to apply and seek funding for this much needed type of repair.
This time of year begins our next fiscal year budget process. Staff is working diligently to overcome our loss of revenue due to the "Hold Harmless" law that will decrease our gross receipt tax distribution by about 1.2 million dollars over the next fifteen years. At this time, your City Council has voted not to raise taxes to overcome this deficit. It will be a tough endeavor but our staff will put forth their best efforts. We ask that you bear with us as we weather this storm.
Please remember, the Mayor, Council and Administration maintains an open door policy and we want to hear from you so we can continue to address the issues that you and all of us deal with on a daily basis. I remind you that City Council meets the second Monday of every month and I encourage you to attend. Hope to see you there!
Benny L., Jasso, Mayor