Council votes in 8% property tax increase, EDC awards grants and sells property

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by Ben Posey

At the top of White Settlement citizen concerns was the property tax increase that the council members voted into place at Tuesday night’s meeting. One citizen asked for explanation during the public comment section on why the city had to raise taxes when property values were already up according to the Tarrant County Appraisal District. No explanation or comment was given by any council member after the question was posed.
Council also held a public hearing and approved the budgets for the White Settlement Crime Control and Prevention District, the EDC and the City’s operations. Council members then approved raising the tax rate by 8% for the 2016-17 year.
A section of property near White Settlement Road and Cherry Lane (behind the Duke’s Donuts strip center) was approved for re-zoning from R-7, single family residential, 1800 square feet to R-6, single family residential, 1600 square feet due to the size of the lots. Forty-three homes will be built in this Wilson Cliff subdivision area.
Also on the meeting agenda was the approval of consent items that included the approval of council member attendance to the International Conference of Shopping Centers conference in Dallas at a cost of $295 per ICSC member.
The item posted to discuss and consider options for establishing the White Settlement Museum as a department of the City of White Settlement was postponed to a later date.
Economic Development Corporation (EDC) members approved a $33,185.33 economic development business incentive grant to Wendy’s Restaurant on Cherry Lane. The exterior and functional improvements of the business cost approximately $210,000. Anna Caladrino was present at the meeting to accept the check on behalf of Wendy’s owner, Paul Gronbach.

Kyle Reeves, Anna Caladrino and Mayor Ron White.
Kyle Reeves, Anna Caladrino and Mayor Ron White.

The EDC approved the sale of a 1.009 acre tract of land at the southwest corner of Wyatt and South Cherry Lane for $75,000 to Kyle Denmark, owner of Denmark Lawn Company. Denmark said they are looking at building a three thousand square foot building on the property. The company currently has 5 employees, 2 trucks and mainly focuses on residential services.
The White Settlement Economic Development Corporation members also received a report from Finance Director Phil Bray stating that sales tax revenues were at $1,002,581 with one month to go in the physical year.
The EDC met at 6 p.m. last night, just before the council met at 7 p.m.