Council proposes corrected tax rate

The city council Monday proposed a lower property rate than was originally considered.

City Manager Rick Osburn said the  ‘corrected’ tax rate is 73.5204 cents per $100 valuation, not the 77.1001-cent rate that was proposed last month.

The higher rate was mistakenly recommended after the wrong number was plugged into a tax formula.

The current rate is 69.5 cents.

Osburn had recommended that the council increase the rate because of a decline in property values for the city.

The county revisited a issue that it tabled last week – a new dump truck.

Jose Cavazos, city utilities director, said he had re-checked warranty information and discovered that all three trucks have longer warranties than first thought.

Two of the trucks come with two-year unlimited warranties; the third truck has a one-year warranty.

Lubbock Truck Sales was the low bidder with a price of $79,804 for a Freightliner truck. However, it cannot be  delivered until Jan. 1.

Rush Truck Sales of Dallas was the high bidder with $85,838 for a Peterbilt truck.

Cavazos said staff recommended that the city buy an International truck from Summit Truck Sales for $84,045. He said it was the only vehicle that met the specifications of a 156-inch wheelbase.

The council agreed, with no discussion, to buy the International truck.

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