Monday, August 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. was the deadline to file for your place on the November ballot for City Council. Those who turned their names in to run are:
Ward 1: Bud Merendino
Dale A. Darby
Ward 2: Barbara Emmons
Ward 3: (full term - previously vacated by Danny Fruge): Doug Mullins
Cherilyn S Mitchell
(unexpired term - previously vacated by Allen Pride): Charles Marshall
Mayor: Rebecca M. "Becky" Ford
Douglas D. Clark
City Council Voted at the August regular Council Meeting to increase the user fee from $23.50 per month to $39.90 per month starting January 1, 2019. This user fee increase will be reviewed every 90 days until it can be reduced again. At this time it is due to the lack of citizens who have returned back and living in their homes since Harvey. The user fee is ONLY, and can ONLY be used to pay the bond payment and the meter payments. The City Council will be having a budget meeting to review the actual rates for water and sewer on September 26th with the regular meeting on the 27th.
CITIZENS OF BEVIL OAKS
The City Council met in a workshop on August 9 to start discussion regarding the budget for both the city and the utility side. As one might imagine, thanks to Harvey, the situation is bleak. No action was taken as this was the first of multiple meetings to hear and gather information ahead of any decisions being made. The council will again meet on August 16 in workshop session to discuss and look at options in order for the city to remain financially viable. Again, no decisions will be reached or voted on at this meeting.
After this meeting, a mail out will be sent to each resident of Bevil Oaks explaining the situation and providing the financial details of our predicament along with suggested solutions discussed as of that time. In all likelihood, the council will not vote on water and sewer rates until the September meeting. At its August council meeting, the council will likely vote on the Effective Tax rate as well a Debt Service Fee increase on the monthly water bill.