The main topic during Alice City Council's special meeting on Wednesday was on the fiscal year 2016 – 2017 revised budget and fiscal year 2017 – 2018 proposed budget.
Interim City Manager Diana Lopez delivered and submitted the budgets before the council. Mayor Jolene Vanover was not present at the meeting. The meeting was presided by Mayor Pro-tem Elida Garza.
Lopez outlined to the council how Alice's recent economy has affected the city's budget, due to oil and gas industry decline.
Lopez and Roland Ramos, director of finance, explained the revenues and expenses for each section of the city's budget. They provided numbers about each fund; the Multi-Use Complex, Golf Course Fund, Airport Fund, Utility Enterprise Fund, Solid Waste Operations Fund and General Fund.
According to Councilman Pete Crisp and Councilwoman Yolanda Sosa Moran, the council needed time to review the budget before they could discuss the budget.
After the budget was presented, the council set a public hearing for Thursday, Aug. 24 to discuss the budget. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Alice City Hall.
The council also scheduled two budget workshops for Saturday, Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m. and Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Regular scheduled meetings are on Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. where the tax rates will be discussed and budget public hearing on Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The budget must be adopted no later than Sept. 15.