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City Council Recap September 7, 2021
09/08/2021

Contract renewal for the Lockhart Little League, a zoning change request, the City budget, property tax rates, one-time pay adjustments for essential city employees from ARPA funding, and the fate of upcoming community events were some of the items discussed in last night’s City Council Meeting.

 

Lockhart Little League: City Council approved Lockhart Little League’s five-year contract renewal to use the City’s Youth Sports Complex and fields on Carver Street.

 

Annual Operating Budget, FY 2021-2022: Council members adopted the City’s $38.6M Budget for FY 2021-2022. The new budget goes into effect October 1, 2021 and ends September 30, 2022.


Property Tax Rate:
City Council approved next year’s property tax rates of $0.6354 per $100 assessed value. The tax rate will be effective for 2021. Residents will receive their tax statements after October 1, 2021.

 

Pay Adjustments for City Employees: City Council granted one-time premium pay for essential city employees who worked between March 1,2020 and February 28,2021 using federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Eligible city employees include those who were involved in regular in-person interactions and regular physical handling of items that were also handled by others. Eligible full-time city employees will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 and while part-time employees will receive $500. Councilmembers expressed appreciation to City Staff who worked to ensure continuous operations in that time period.

 

Zoning Change Request: City Council approved Berk RE, LLC’s request, on behalf of Mr. Terry Black, for a Zoning Change on a 1-acre property on 900 N. Colorado St. from a Residential Low-Density District to Commercial Heavy Business District to support food preparation for off-site sales of products associated with the adjacent new restaurant.

 

COVID-19 Update: Councilmembers agreed to require event organizers to prepare COVID-19 safety and communication plans for City staff and the local health officer. Those events include the Hill Country BBQ cookoff, Evening with the Authors, National Night Out, Speaking of the Dead, Courthouse Nights, and Dickens.


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