September 1, 2020 – Special Called Budget Workshop Minutes

Sep 22, 2020





A Special Called/ Budget Workshop was held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., at the Seymour City Hall, Seymour Auditorium, 301 N. Washington Street, Seymour Texas, 76380.

Call to Order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance by Mayor Jon Hrncirik at 6:00 p.m.

Council present: Mayor Jon Hrncirik, MPT Monty Glass, Lan Winn, Brenda Miller, and Mary K. Fair. 

Council absent: Brian Broome

City Staff present: City Administrator Steve Biedermann, City Secretary Conchita Torrez, Finance Director Mary Griffin, AP/Payroll Specialist Suzanne Shumate, and Bryce Sawyer, Seymour Police Dept. Sergeant, Electric Supervisor Jay Barrington, Water/Sewer Supervisor Robert Torrez, Street Supervisor Shawn Sanchez.   

Guest: Mark McCord, Charlie Rose, Tina Casillas, Beth Ferrier, Cathleen Lohman, Felipe Deanda and Royce Woods.

Mayor Jon Hrncirik thanked the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department for controlling the local fires that the town has had lately, here and the surrounding areas. He also thanked the City of Seymour Employees for doing a great job at work.

At this time, he allowed Tina Casillas to address and speak to City Council.

Tina stated that she would like to know more information regarding the water tanks and the infrastructure fee on our city bill.  She also wanted to suggest that city council revisit the electric and water deposits.  She had one late payment in the last 12 months and was told that she would have to put up deposits to relocate to another residence. Mayor Hrncirik stated they would look into the policy regarding the deposits.

Mayor Hrncirik stated that the infrastructure fee was placed on the utility bills back in February 2013.  This fee was to help pay for the water tanks located behind city hall and by the Seymour ISD on Stadium Drive. The tanks were in need of major repairs and would cost over 400,000 dollars to repair and maintain.  Tina stated thank you for the information.

At this time, Mayor Hrncirik proceeded with agenda item # 2.

2.  Discuss, consider, and take action to approve Resolution No. 1497, allowing City Administrator Steve Biedermann to move forward with HOME GRANT Application for location at 200 W. McLain Street.

City Administrator Biedermann stated that this was for the resident located at 200 W. McLain Street. This is a Historically Significant Building, built back in the 1790’s. The City will meet a match of 40k, which will be reimbursed later.

Motion made by MPT Monty Glass, seconded by Councilmember Lan Winn, to allow Administrator to proceed with this project.  Motion passes 4/0.

Mayor Jon Hrncirik called a recess at 8:32 p.m. and restarted meeting at 8:42 p.m.

    3. Conduct a third draft of the City of Seymour Budget Fiscal Year 2020-2021,

    as proposed by City Staff. City Council may direct modifications to proposed

   budget document.  Council may or may not, modify the following:

   Seymour Police and Chamber of Commerce budgets. Also, the following

   departments will present their 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Budgets:

   Electric Department, Reverse Osmosis Department, Street Department and

   Water/Sewer Department.    

The Mayor and City Council reviewed the proposed budgets for the Electric, Street and Water/Sewer Department. After reviewing each budget proposal, City Council made modifications to each department for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

Regular meeting closes and Public Hearing will begin at 9:44 p.m.

The Mayor and City Council held a Public Hearing regarding the proposed tax rate of 0.50141/$100.  This would bring property taxes up by $30.00 per year.

No comments were made, or questions asked.  Public Hearing closes at 9:55 p.m.

1. The City of Seymour will conduct a Public Hearing regarding the proposed tax rate of 0.50141/ $100.

The Mayor and City Council held a Public Hearing regarding the proposed tax rate of 0.50141/$100.  This would bring property taxes up by $30.00 per year.

No comments were made, or questions asked, therefore, public Hearing closes.

Close Public Hearing and resume Regular meeting.

4. Adjournment made by MPT Glass, seconded by Councilmember Winn to adjourn at 9:59 p.m.


Mayor Jon Hrncirik


City Secretary, Conchita Torrez, TRMC