Willis City Council approves lower tax rate, receives update on projects

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Willis City Council Tuesday night approved a tax rate of $0.5689 per $100 of assessed property value. City officials said last year’s rate was $0.6697 per $100 of assessed property value.

A general fund budget of just over $5,000,000 was approved.

One of the projects Council got a report on is the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Highway 75.

“We’re completing renovating the plant; the existing features are not working properly, so we’re building a new aeration basin and a new clarifier,” said Jennifer Steen, Public Works Department Manager with Bleyl Engineering, who also works with the city of Willis’ Engineering Department.

The renovations started early last Spring, and Steen said it will take another 12 to 14 months to complete.

Council received an update on renovations to Mill street. Mill street was washed out about a year-and-a-half ago. Steen said they will be putting in a new storm sewer and replacing the roadway.

Steen talked about the cost and time frame of the project.

“We’re soliciting bids right now, and as long as the bids come in underneath the $50,000, then the Council can approve one of the contractors and they can start,” said Steen.

Steen adds that it should take two to three months to complete the project; but if the bids come in over $50,000, they’ll have to take the project and bid it publicly.

It would then take two to three months to bid the project, and another two to three months to finish it.

Council approved a public hearing to be held at their next meeting on a new Subdivision Regulations Ordinance. The next council meeting is Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Willis City Hall, located at 200 N. Bell St.

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