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Borger Independent School District serves 2,800 students on six campuses and encompasses 52 square miles of Hutchinson County in the Panhandle of Texas. The District is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency and the Southern Association of Colleges and... more.
Eddie Edwards, Borger City Manager, said that staff has researched and considered multiple water slides, but has found only one company that has a pre-engineered model that will fit in the available space.
He said in order to ensure installation in time for the summer swimming season, he was requesting the council award the purchase of the slide under the single source exemption of the Local Government Code, Chapter 252 to Natural Structures of Baker City, Ore. "We've looked at a whole bunch, and this is the only one configured with the footprint we have available," Edwards said.
Eddie Edwards, Borger City Manager, said an abeyance was granted by the council back in 2006 for three years in a similar situation, and there weren't a lot of people that took advantage of it.
He said this resolution will allow staff not to enforce the ordinance over this one year period. The ordinance that states RVs or motor homes are to be located in a RV or mobile home park and cannot be placed in a general residence area. "The council is basically telling us to look the other way over the next 12 months in those particular instances," he said.
According to Borger City Manager Eddie Edwards, the result of the feasibility study indicated that in 2012 dollars, the anticipated direct revenues from the operation of the multi-purpose event center should be between $430,000 and $695,000.
Operating expenses are expected to range from $674,000 to $855,000. "These estimates are calculated on a stabilized year of operation which is assumed to occur by the fifth year of full operation," he said. A proposed competing center in Canadian would tend to lower revenues and expenses, broadening the operating deficit to as much as $244,000 annually. If this center is not built, a lack of competition would tend to increase operating revenues and expenses and narrow the operating deficit to around $160,000 annually. "In either case, the direct operating deficit should be offset by increased sales tax and hotel occupancy tax, estimated to be between $163,000 and $306,000 per year, again dependent on any competition," Edwards said.
Borger City Manager Eddie Edwards and Hutchinson County Judge Faye Blanks were present as the Quanah Parker arrow was installed in Crawford Park back in June.
Eddie Edwards, Borger City Manager, and the City Council approved placing the arrow on city property and provided workers and materials for installation.
Eddie Edwards, Borger City Manager, said over the last three months, various directors and staff have been preparing the proposed FY 2012-13 operating budget.
The proposed budget includes revenue estimates of $21,006,714 and expenditures of $21,221,991. Edwards said that expenditures are approximately $215,277 more than revenues mainly due to a planned reduction of excess reserve in the debt service fund and other restricted reserve funds. He said he knows the council usually acts on the tax rate, but due to the fact that this budget is based on a tax rate that is below the effective rate, no official action on the tax rate is required at this time. Action on the tax rate will need to be taken at the next two meetings of the council. Currently, the effective tax rate is roughly 88 cents per $100 valuation, and the City of Borger is looking at lowering this tax rate to around 82 or 83 cents, well below the effective rate, Edwards said. He said he is not sure how this will affect individual homeowners and their valuations of their property. Mayor Pro-Tem Robert Vinyard said the city council is being frugal with the funds of citizens. "We're trying to do what the city needs to be doing, but also being very conservative," he said