UPDATE:City Commission approves budget and tax rate, public input No. 20 on agenda

The Harlingen City Commission approved the upcoming city budget after two hearings were held at Wednesday’ meeting.
The first hearing was about the upcoming budget and the other concerning the tax rate, which will remain the same as several previous years.
The tax rate remains at $0.588827 per $100 valuation. The fiscal year 2016-17 begins on Oct. 1. Some $330,000 was added to street improvements, but will be taken from other budget items.
The “citizens communications” was at least temporarily restored but was number 20 on the agenda, following an executive session that involved collective bargaining with the police and firemen’s organizations.

5 comments for “UPDATE:City Commission approves budget and tax rate, public input No. 20 on agenda

  1. The Real Dennis
    August 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Our glorious mayor is nothing more than a “follower” as he has proven. Just because other cities got rid of their public speaking? That Harlingen should do the same? A taxpayer has the right to be heard. The lame city commissioners won’t take the time to speak to a taxpayer? Why not put public speaking back at the beginning? Its only two minutes and it seems that there is never more than five people on the average. That’s only ten minutes of our elected officials time. But, our glorious mayor wants it at the end so that whoever signed the sheet can get discouraged and leave or just forget it. Our glorious mayor doesn’t like to hear the truth or someone making a legitimate complaint. Let the brother’s go! As my friend, Joe Rubio would say!

    • Dan Fernandez
      August 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Dennis, looks like our glorious mayor lives rent-free in your head. Que lastima!

      • jjr
        August 18, 2016 at 9:33 pm

        Speaking of our “glorious mayor”. I love to listen to his voice and look at his demeanor in this video.


        You’ll love it as well DF because they talk about the BP deal. Hell,maybe folks like Mr.Buck Bickley will enjoy it too.

        Que’ Maravilloso!

        By the way DF,I wonder if this ties into that 15 million that Mr.Buck Bickley was talking about?

  2. Bill DeBrooke
    August 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I am going to assume the City does not want any opinions but here is mine. Citizens should be able to submit their comments in writing prior to the meeting and have them posted on line. The comments should then be made part of the public record of that meeting.

    • jjr
      August 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      I love it BDB! It should be put into writing. Ties into what I am talking about history not being able to be changed.

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