As our community voted in a city sales tax, forming an EDC is necessary to administer and govern the sales and tax use funds. The May city council meeting canvas votes, certified election results, and a resolution of city sales tax to send to comptroller (https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/local/type-ab/collect-allocate.php).
Now we are following the next steps to file with the Secretary of State for the EDC and establish the board type and members. (https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/local/type-ab/establish.php)
How can you help? We need local candidates to serve on the board, unpaid, for the benefit of Fruitvale. Email the city or contact Susan Murre, City Secretary.
Forming a Board of Directors (as applicable to Type B):
State law places additional restrictions on who may serve on the board of directors of a Type B EDC. In a city with a population of 20,000 or more, only a resident of the city may serve on the board. TEX. LOC. GOV’T CODE § 505.052. If the city has a population of less than 20,000, a board member need not be a resident of the city, so long as the individual either lives in the same county in which the major part of the city is located, or within ten miles of the city limits and within a county bordering a county in which most of the city is located. Id. Additionally, at least three board members of a Type B corporation must not be employees, officers, or city council members of the city that authorizes the EDC. Id. In other words, a Type B EDC can have up to four city officials or employees (including councilmembers) serving as members of the EDC board. State law does not address whether city employees or officers may serve on a Type A board. However, the attorney general has concluded that the board of directors of a Type B board are not “public officers” for purposes of the common-law doctrine of incompatibility, so dual service by a councilmember on a Type A board would likely not violate incompatibility or dual officeholding laws. See Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. JC-0547 (2002), at 3. Nonetheless, an EDC’s bylaws or city ordinance or policy could prohibit this kind of dual service. (https://www.tml.org/p/BL_Q&A_Updated.pdf)
City Election May 5th, 2018 was in conjunction with the FISD school election.
For the city, two candidates ran unopposed: Jennifer Johnston, Mayor and Jackie King, Alderperson.
Unofficial results from the voters in Fruitvale city limits report passing the city sales tax. “A sales and use tax is adopted within the city at the rate of 2 (two) percent.” The next city council meeting will report the election results and adopt the appropriate resolutions to report to Comptroller of State of Texas
So when does the tax go into effect?
The tax becomes effective after one complete calendar quarter elapses from the date the Comptroller’s office receives notification of voter approval. For example, if voters approve the tax in May, and the Comptroller’s office receives notification in June, then the tax becomes effective on Oct. 1, after the calendar quarter of July-August-September has elapsed. The Comptroller’s office will notify area merchants to begin collecting the new tax rate on Oct. 1. The city will begin receiving revenue from the tax in December. https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/local/type-ab/collect-allocate.php
Upcoming city council meeting will discuss follow up actions regarding organizing an EDC and appropriation of funds.
How can we help our community center be vital part of our community?
How do we as a community support our volunteer fire department?
Well I am hoping for start we can participate in fundraising efforts which supply their building and other maintenance needs. Many may be taking portraits this weekend as the fire department conducts it’s annual portrait fundraiser to support trucks/equipment.
On Saturday, February 10th we will have a dinner and movie. The proceeds will take care of building needs. Our fire department has roof leaks and interior walls to maintain. The Fruitvale Fire Department plans to improve/refresh the exterior of facility tentatively in the spring.
Our community center needs to upgrade a bathroom, ceilings work, along with other interior/exterior improvements. The community center is available to rent on weekly basis for meetings, reunions, or other family gatherings. Music and fellowship is scheduled weekly on Monday nights. Check with Susan on availability for you next event.
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