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Council approves tax rate, budget for 2013-14
by Tim Delaney
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Refugio Mayor Joey Heard presents Kathy Shubert-Wallace with a proclamation of support for her effort to start At Risk Kids, or ARK, an advocacy organization for kids at risk of losing their education. The proclamation along with $2,000 was presented at the Refugio City Council meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 24.
Tim Delaney photo Refugio Mayor Joey Heard presents Kathy Shubert-Wallace with a proclamation of support for her effort to start At Risk Kids, or ARK, an advocacy organization for kids at risk of losing their education. The proclamation along with $2,000 was presented at the Refugio City Council meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 24.
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REFUGIO – Following a public hearing on its proposed 2013-2014 fiscal year budget, the Refugio City Council proceeded to approve the tax rate and budget Tuesday night, Sept. 24.

The total 2013-14 tax rate approved by the council with one vote against was 86 cents for every $100 of property value.

Councilman Dale Skrobarcek voted against the rate, saying he wanted the lowest possible rate.

The tax rate will support a balanced budget of $4.25 million in fiscal year 2013-14. Skrobarcek voted against the budget, as well.

Although the tax rate is a lower rate than last year’s of 87 cents per $100 of evaluation, more property taxes will be raised, a total of $15,972 more or a 2.8 increase.

Of that increase, $3,661 is tax revenue from new property added to the tax roll this year.

The council also approved a resolution supporting At Risk Kids, or ARK, an advocacy organization working to intervene on kids at risk of losing their education chances.

In addition, the council approved $2,000 from the special courts fund to help ARK continue while it seeks non profit status.

On hand to receive the proclamation and check was Kathy Schubert-Wallace, who is developing the non-profit and is a retired juvenile probation employee.

Also, the council voted to approve a 15-year lease at $1 a year for the Scout hut at 408 W. West St., to the Boys & Girls Club of Refugio County.

Details in the lease will be worked out by City Attorney Mike Morris and Dan Thomas, director of the Boys & Girls Club.

Speaking for the Scout Hut, James Henry explained that the bills had gotten away from the Scouts, and the building had fallen in disrepair because of recent wind storms.

However, Henry said it was a solid building and now has a new roof thanks to him and Betty Bauer.

Henry, who earned Eagle Scout as a youth, explained that the Scout Hut was constructed in 1979 with the help of a private foundation.

Henry said he and others wanted activity in the building.

“We talked about a youth group carrying on. It’s our privilege to turn it over to the city,” Henry said.

The 25-year lease to the Boy Scouts would have been up in October 2014, according to Henry.

The 15-year lease to the Boys & Girls Club means the city will retain the property.

“We thank you very much for taking care of it for all these years – I know, I was a Scout,” said Councilman Lenny Anzaldua.

Bauer added to the history of the Scout Hut, saying it was upon the passing of “Pa-Pa” Bauer, who she said was a wonderful scoutmaster, that people in the community came forward.

“My husband died in 1983, and the town of Refugio was wonderful. It came to me and gave lots of donations,” Bauer said.

She added that between $25,000 and $30,000 was collected.

“And that’s how the building has existed,” she said.

Nan Linney, with the Boys & Girls Club, verified that Thomas and the city attorney have a blanket agreement on the terms of the lease for the building.

In other business, the council approved hiring a new police officer. Refugio Police Chief Andy Lopez Jr. said Luis Flores Jr. was chosen and will start Oct. 1.

Lopez said Flores comes from the Nueces County Sheriff’s Department where he worked as a jailer. Flores put himself through police academy.

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