City Council Highlights – Tax Rates, Pantries, School Safety – Progress Times

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For the third year in a row, the City of Mission tax rate will remain at $0.5299 per $100 of assessment. The Mission City Council voted unanimously to approve the tax rate at the Sept. 12 meeting.

In addition to the tax rate, the board also approved a budget of $157,677,134 for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Last year’s budget was $144,718,227. Under the new budget, Mission PD and Mission Fire will receive an increase of 8% and approximately 4.5% respectively. Last year, Mission FD received a 4% raise while Mission PD received a 6% raise.

Over the summer, the city council held a series of workshops to discuss the budget and salaries. Additionally, the city held mandatory public hearings for voters to speak on the issues. No one from the Mission community provided comment during the public hearings.

PANTRY

The Mission Pantry will now be known as the Food Bank RGV Mission Resource Center. City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank at the September 12 city council meeting.

The RGV Food Bank will staff at 115 S. Mayberry Street. However, the city will still own and assume responsibility for maintenance costs, utility costs, security and insurance of the building and grounds.

Although the RGV Food Bank partners with 275 branches across the Valley, the Mission Resource Center will be the first of its kind. Not only will it be a place for the food insecure, but visitors can also seek help with social services such as food stamp applications and Medicaid or Medicare applications.

The center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or as needed during a disaster declaration or public health crisis. The city plans to hold a ribbon cutting for the opening event.

SCHOOL SECURITY

The Mission City Council has approved eight additional officers for the Educational Resource Officer program with Mission DSIC.

The initial MoU was for seven officers, who would be stationed on MCISD campuses, but the total number of officers is now 15. According to Chief Cesar Torres, the remaining eight are for elementary schools.

The original agreement was for $415,408.69 for seven agents for 172 days. But the amended deal is $474,752 for 15 officers for 172 days.

Mission PD is working with Alton PD, Palmhurst PD and the Constable’s Office of Compound 3 to increase security at Mission CISD.

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