Council acts to raise tax and boost other city rates

The City Council Tuesday night took the first step toward increasing tax valuations and boosting the water, garbage and sewer rates. The rates, if finally passed, probably won’t take effect until the middle of August. Principally, the Council acted to safeguard the sound financial condition of the city’s power plant. Over the years profits from the power plant have been used to make up deficits in other city operations’but the deficits have grown until last year the power plant had contributed $85,451 to keep other city services operating. That was almost what the city collected in taxes. (The city collects about $45,000 a year in taxes, but until this year half of that money was earmarked for retirement of the city’s bonded debt. Now, however, the city has enough money in its Interest and Sinking Fund to pay off the bonds.) City Supt. James Feazelle explained that the power plant, however, must make improvements and cannot continue to make ever increasing contributions to the city. And it’s important, he added that the plant make its improvements out of its profits. “If we had to sell bonds or warrants, the interest’even at three-and-one-half or four-and-one-half percent over 20 or 30 years’would make us pay double.” Feazelle mentioned also that the City has had some big expenses this year. The U.S. Highway 87 project will cost the city $27,000 for storm sewers, about $12,000 for right of way, and about $9,000 for moving utility poles and water mains. The new swimming pool was another big item. The Council Tuesday night ordered City Secretary James Underwood to send out notices to property owners that their tax valuations are being increased 25 percent. And passed on first reading were amendments to ordinances setting and increasing the water and sewer rates. A new ordinance also was passed on the first reading regulating garbage collections. Before they become effective the ordinances must be passed on second and third readings at the next two successive regular meetings of the council (July 6 and 20). The water amendment would end Brady’s “nickel water.” The rate on the first 4,000 gallons would be $2.75’as compared to the present rate of $2.50. The next 11,000 gallons would cost 15 cents per thousand, rather than the present five cents per thousand. Water above 15,000 gallons would cost 10 cents per thousand. The commercial rate would cost $2.75 for the first 4,000 gallons (against the present $2.50), but the next 96,000 gallons would cost 20 cents instead of the present 15 cents. Above 100,000 gallons the price would be 15 cents rather than 10 cents. An analysis of the city’s operations shows that it cost the city something over 17 cents to produce a thousand gallons of water last year’and the city sold it for about 21 cents. “For the larger user we actually sold water at below cost,” Feazelle pointed out. “And whether we build a lake or drill a new well, we’re going to need improvements in the water system.” * * * 95 stalls already claimed for races Ninety-five stalls already have been reserved for horses at the July Jubilee’s coming race meet, Jubilee Treasurer Charlie Darley announced Thursday. “And other stalls have been spoken for. It looks like we’re going to have another runover.” Less than two weeks away the Jubilee was moving into high gear this week. The roof on a first-class new barn for the Jubilee’s livestock show was being put on Thursday, and the County Commissioners and Brady’s city street department were working at Richards Park on additional parking area. This year cars will be allowed to park inside the old race track area. They will enter through a hole cut in the old rock fence. General Manager Korky Steffens also was working on another feature for between-race entertainment. “There’s a possibility we can have an exhibition of border collie sheep dogs at all three days of the racing. The dogs would come here from all over the state and compete for prizes in a contest each day.” The Jubilee parade’a big favorite with Jubilee visitors’was shaping up also. “We have lots of entries, but we’d like to have more, of course. Anyone who wants to enter should contact Gerald Huffman, the parade chairman,” Steffens said. * * * News from Stacy and Doole Sunday guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Reed were their children, Mr. and Mrs. P.T. Reed and family of Monahans, and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Reed and family of San Angelo. Mr. and Mrs. Toby McNeely have returned home from a vacation trip with their daughter, Mrs. Mary Young and family of Kermit. The group spent some time in Ruidoso, N. Mex., relaxing and enjoying the sights. Enroute home they stopped in San Angelo, and their little great-grandson, son of the former Inez Williams, came home with them for a visit. * * * Lohn News Mr. and Mrs. Warren West, Brenda and Linda of Uvalde spent Friday night and Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. T.L. West. The group visited Mr. and Mrs. M.E. West in Brady Saturday. The Warren Wests spent the remainder of the weekend with the lady’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Crumley at Salt Gap. Visiting with Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Smith last Sunday were Mr. and Mrs.. Tom Everidge, Tommy, Janie and Billy Wayne of Big Lake. Also accompanying them was a friend, Alva Medows. Spending the night with the Smiths Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cruse of San Angelo. Mr. and Mrs. Smith made a business trip to San Angelo Sunday. Coming by recently for a visit with the Smiths were Mrs. W.H. Woodall and her son and his wife of Oakland, Calif. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS 3 Bradyites attending H-SU Three Brady students are attending summer school at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Enrolled at H-SU are Mary Sue Fields, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Van Bratton; Martha Spiller Tipton, daughter of Mrs. W.W. Spiller; and Elvis Daniel Selman, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Selman. * * * On vacation trip Mr. and Mrs. James E. Underwood and children left Wednesday afternoon on a vacation trip to Wyoming and points of interest enroute. While in Wyoming they will visit with a sister of Mrs. Underwood. * * * Visit father, grandfather Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Palmer and children, Leslie Ann, Juanita Dorothy, Johnny and Elizabeth of El Paso left Wednesday after more than a week’s visit with John Allison Polk and E.E. Polk, Mrs. Palmer’s father and grandfather. Mrs. Palmer will be remembered as the former Mary Ann Polk.

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