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Dayton council discusses police chief search, tax rate

The Dayton City Council met Tuesday and voted to contract with the Texas First Group Municipal Search Company for an Interim Chief of Police. We reported the recent resignation of Dayton Police Chief John Headrick. Texas First provides interim administrators to cities while the company assists in the search for an individual to fill the job permanently. Texas First has most recently supplied Liberty with Interim City Manager Larry Shaw and Dayton with Interim City Manager Kerry Lacy. Theo Melancon – who took over city manager duties in Dayton also as part of a Texas First search- said he expected an interim city police chief to be on the job in Dayton in about two weeks. In other action Tuesday, Dayton City Council held the first of two public hearings on the city’s proposed tax rate and budget for the upcoming 2018-2019 Fiscal Year. As reported, the city of Dayton’s proposed tax rate is 68 cents per $100 of assessed property value. That is just under what is called the rollback tax rate. We reported a citizen petition led to a tax rollback election in the City of Dayton in May of this year. The election was successful and so Dayton Council was required to lower the city’s last fiscal year’s property tax rate from 67 cents down to the rollback rate of 65.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. The rollback tax rate is the rate that the city would need to raise the same amount in tax revenue as last year’s 2017 -2018 tax rate plus 8 per cent. Dayton’s new proposed tax increase for the coming fiscal year is still just below the calculated rollback rate for 2018-2019. The proposed rate is 68.21 cents and the calculated rollback tax rate for that same period is 68.22 cents. That means Dayton’s proposed property tax rate for this coming Fiscal Year 2018 -2019 – if it receives final approval -will not be subject to another tax rollback petition.  Dayton City Council also held a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed city budget for the coming fiscal year of approximately $19.4 million dollars. As required by law, the city will hold a second public hearing on the proposed tax rate and city budget. That hearing will be at 6 p.m. on Monday September 10th, with final budget and tax rate approval slated for September 17th


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