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Notice of Possible Quorum 12-02-22

NOTICE OF PRESENCE OF A POSSIBLE QUORUM
OF THE CITY OF MARION CITY COUNCIL

Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 551, V. T. C. A., Government Code, notice is hereby given of a possible quorum of the Marion City Council at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday, December 02, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  

Notice of possible quorum:  City Council, City of Marion, Texas.  This notice is posted in order to meet the requirements of the Open Meetings Act, in the event that the number of City Council members present at the session makes the Act applicable.
 
This Notice of Meeting is posted pursuant to the Texas Government Code 551.041 – 0.43 on the front bulletin board of the Marion City Hall Building, 303 S. Center St., Marion, Texas 78124 on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 which is a place readily accessible to the public at all times and that said notice was posted at 5:00 p.m. and remained so posted continuously for at least 72 hours proceeding the scheduled time of said meeting.    

Suzanne Gonzales 
City Secretary

No Utility Payments by Phone (Temporarily)

Effective today, we cannot accept payments by phone.  Our new payment system is being installed and we must disconnect the old service so the new one can be put in it's place.  This will be temporary until the new system is up and running.  Thank you for your patience.  Suzanne Gonzales, City Secretary

 

Customer Contact Information

City Hall needs to have your phone number and email address on file in order to contact you, especially in an emergency.  Please write your current phone number and email address on your return utility payment stub or email Felicia at city hall: ftagle@cityofmariontx.org   Thank you!   Suzanne Gonzales, City Secretary

Utility Bill Payments - CASH

The City of Marion will only accept CASH in Exact Change Only. (No rolled coins) We do not keep cash in the office for safety and security reasons and will not be able to give change.  We do accept checks & money orders as well as debit & credit cards.  Thank you! 

Public Works - Job Opening

Job Opening - Public Works 
Water/Wastewater Operator 
$15.00 - $18.00 / Hour   City Paid Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage  
TMRS - Retirement 2:1 Match 
Job Posted:   City Hall Bulletin Board   
Applications Accepted through:  Texas Municipal League www.tml.org  
Contact Public Works Director, David Mahula at City Hall 830-914-2391 - Leave a voice mail for a return call. 
Thank you! 

Holiday

The City Offices will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2022 in observance of Columbus Day!

Utility Bill Payments - Beginning November 2022

Beginning with the November 2022 utility bill, we will no longer be waiving late fees. 
We will continue mailing all utility bills on the 1st of each month, with a due date of the15th.  Disconnects will begin on the 26th of the month if bills are not paid in full. 
Thank you! 

HOURS - CITY HALL

City Hall has resumed regular business hours.  We are open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Monday through Friday and closed daily for lunch between 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Phone - City Hall

A phone tree is a type of automated telephone system that provides callers with voice menus. The menus direct callers to the necessary extension or prerecorded message. Most people have interacted with a phone tree system before. When you call a business & an automated message asks for a voice prompt or numerical prompt, you are using a phone tree.  The phone tree at City Hall was implemented in early 2022 in effort to provide a professional and more efficient way of handling customer phone inquiries.  Each extension gives a complete set of instructions for the caller.  If you leave a message for city staff, all phone calls are returned between 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. Please leave your name, address and phone number so we can look up your account and call you back. 
Thank you! 

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

ON TAX INCREASE

 

A tax rate of 0.4715 per $100 valuation has been proposed by the governing body of City of Marion.

 

PROPOSED TAX RATE

$0.471500 per $100

NO-NEW REVENUE TAX RATE

$0.439500 per $100

VOTER-APPROVAL TAX RATE

$0.484200 per $100

DE MINIMIS RATE

$1.093900 per $100

 

The no-new-revenue tax rate is the tax rate for the 2022 tax year that will raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Marion from the same properties in the 2021 tax year.

 

The voter-approval tax rate is the highest tax rate that the City of Marion may adopt without holding an election to seek voter approval of the rate, unless the de minimis rate for the City of Marion exceeds the voter-approval rate for the City of Marion.

 

The de minimis rate is the rate equal to the sum of the no-new-revenue maintenance and operations rate for the City of Marion, the rate that will raise $500,000, and the current debt rate for the City of Marion. 

 

The proposed tax rate is greater than the no-new-revenue tax rate. This means that City of Marion is proposing to increase property taxes for the 2022 tax year.

 

A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED TAX RATE WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the mcl Community library 303 S. Center street, Marion, Texas.

 

The proposed tax rate is not greater than the de minimis rate.  As a result, City of Marion is not required to hold an election at which voters may accept or reject the proposed tax rate.  However, you may express your support for or opposition to the proposed tax rate by contacting the members of the City Clerk’s office at 830-914-2391 of City of Marion at their offices or by attending the public hearing mentioned above.

 

YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE RATES CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:

 

property tax amount = (tax rate) x (taxable value of your property) / 100

 

The members of the governing body voted on the proposed tax increase as follows:

 

FOR: Abigaile Maberry, David Bauch, Deshon Blyden, Alex Gonzalez, Shane Pawelek

AGAINST:

PRESENT and not voting:

ABSENT:

 

The 86th Texas Legislature modified the manner in which the voter-approval tax rate is calculated to limit the rate of growth of property taxes in the state.

 

The following table compares the taxes imposed on the average residence homestead by City of Marion last year to the taxes proposed to be imposed on the average residence homestead by City of Marion this year:

 

 

2021

2022

Change

Total Tax Rate

(per $100 of value)

$0.4801

$0.4715

decrease of $0.086 or .98%

Average homestead taxable value

$185,509

$206,391

increase of % 11.26%

Tax on average homestead

$891

$973

increase of $82 or 9.20%

Total tax levy on all properties

$323,481

$361,473

increase of $37,992 or 11.74%

 

For assistance with tax calculations, please contact the tax assessor for City of Marion at 830-914-2391 or visit guadalupead.com for more information.

City of Marion Notice of Public Hearing Operating Budget

CITY OF MARION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OPERATING BUDGET:

The City of Marion will hold a public hearing on September 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm, located at 303 S. Center St., Marion, Texas 78124. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the City of Marion finances for the upcoming 2022-2023 fiscal year. This budget will raise more total property taxes than last year's budget by $37,992.37 an 11.7% increase, and of that amount $17,130.89 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year.

Trash Pickup - Update

The last day for summer (twice a week pick up) is Thursday September 01, 2022.  

Apache will start picking up once a week every Monday, starting on September 05, 2022. 

Thank you, 
Suzanne Gonzales 
City Secretary

Temporary Office Hours -  City Hall

Beginning August 22, 2022, City Hall will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily.  These hours will be temporary until training is completed and until we are fully staffed.  
You may continue to make your payments using US Mail or dropping them off in the 24/7 locked drop box in front of City Hall.  You may make payments in person between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please provide your statement at time of payment.  When calling the office, please select the appropriate extension.  All calls will be returned between 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily,  Thank you!  Suzanne Gonzales, City Secretary.

Employee Open Enrollment Today

City Hall is closed this morning from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for employee insurance open enrollment. 
Open enrollment for all employees happens once a year.  Thank you for your patience.  Suzanne Gonzales, City Secretary

New Councilman

As Mayor I swore in our newest Councilman Mr. Alex Gonzalez in the July 25th special meeting, and we are very grateful that he has decided to once again help guide the City. This could not happen at better time, we are starting to work on the 2022-2023 Budget. His experience will be greatly appreciated since he has previously been a councilman.

Job Opening - School Resource Officer (SRO) 

Employee Position:  School Resource Officer 
Department:  Police - Law Enforcement 
Reporting To:  Police Sergeant 
Non-Exempt   $25.00/HR
Position will be posted until filled. 
Apply:  www.tml.org  Texas Municipal League and/or 
Contact Email:  Sgt. Hicks  ehicks@cityofmariontx.org

City Hall -  Closed Aug 4th and Aug 5th

City Hall will be closed to the public on Aug 4th and Aug 5th  
You may reach city staff by calling 830-914-2391 and leaving a message.  Staff will return phone calls between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
If you have a police emergency, please call 9-1-1.    If you have a water leak emergency during regular business hours, please call 830-914-2391 and leave a message for public works. 
Thank you, 
Suzanne Gonzales 
City Secretary

Position Filled - (Job Opening)

Job Opportunity - City of Marion 
Full Time Permit Clerk/Customer Service Representative   
Go to Administration and Click on the Job Opportunity Button for details on how apply. 
Deadline to Apply:  08-14-2022

Water Bill Statements

To assure credit to the proper account, please bring your statements with you when paying in person.  If paying by mail, please return the top portion of your statement with your payment.   
For your convenience, there is a 24/7 drop box located outside the city hall front door where you may leave your payment. Thank you!

2nd NOTIFICATION - WATER BILL PAYMENTS 

2nd Notification - Our utility billing payment systems are not working.  You may mail your payment to us, pay in person or drop your payment off in the 24/7 drop box located in front of city hall. 
Our 1st Notification was posted on 06-03-22.  Prior to that, please scroll down on Latest News to see the notification made on 5-18-22.  Please check the website frequently for updated information.  Thank you!

Stage III Water Restrictions

Stage III Water Restrictions in Place 
Under Stage III, you are able to water  your lawn ONE DAY A WEEK  based on the last digit of your address (applies to residential and commercial customers).  If the last digit of your street address is: 
0 or 1   Irrigate on Monday 
2 or 3   Irrigate on Tuesday 
4 or 5   Irrigate on Wednesday   
6 or 7   Irrigate on Thursday 
8 or 9   Irrigate on Friday.

Open Position for City Council Member

The City of Marion is looking to fill (1) open space for a City Council Member to serve our city.  Applications are available under Forms & Documents on our website.  Scroll down to the 2022 application at the bottom of the page.  You may also pick up an application at City Hall.  Deadline to apply is July 7th.

Public Works Department

President George W. Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5), Management of Domestic Incidents, in 2003, in which a public works response to emergencies and disasters is recognized as an absolute necessity, and the federal government is directed to include public works in all planning and response efforts.  The Public Works First Responder symbol is expected to increase recognition of public works as first responders throughout North America.   The Public Works First Responder symbol uses familiar colors - orange, black and white - and a design reminiscent of road construction, signs, safety cones and orange construction barrels.  

Planning & Zoning Commission

The Marion Planning & Zoning Commission is accepting applications to serve on the board. 
Applications are available at City Hall or by contacting City Secretary Suzanne Gonzales at sgonzales@cityofmariontx.org who can email you one.  Residents who live inside the City Limits and also those who live in the ETJ are both encouraged to apply.

Reminder - Police Calls

REMINDER - CALL 9-1-1 FOR ALL EMERGENCIES 
For all non-emergency issues, please call the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency Number:  830-379-1224 
The Sheriff's Office dispatches for the City of Marion.  Thank You

ANIMAL CONTROL

The City of Marion does not have an Animal Control Department.  We do not have a shelter in the city or any place to hold stray dogs or cats.    
All callers reporting animal neglect and abuse, please call the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office at 830-379-1224.  Thank You

Online Bill Pay Service

** Please stop using the on-line bill pay system. It is no longer working.  You will need to de-activate your account. **  
 

City Trash Pick Up - June July August 2022

City Trash Pick Up .....Summer Months June, July & August 2022 
During the summer months, trash in The City of Marion will be picked up twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays.  Thank you Apache! 

UPDATE:  We were just updated as to the trash pick up dates per Apache.  Starting the first full week of June (June 6th) trash will be picked up twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays. This will last through the last week in August to include Thursday September 1st.  Thank you ! 

Keep In Touch

Please see the "Pop-Up" on our website to get started!

City Phones and Website Updates

The City of Marion is currently in the process of updating the way incoming phone calls are routed in our office.  This update should be completed the week of May 23, 2022. 
Also "under construction" is our website.  We are updating it to provide the necessary information to match the instructions given by phone.  

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this process. 
 
Thank you, 
Suzanne Gonzales 
City Secretary

NOTIFICATION - WATER BILL PAYMENTS 

NOTIFICATION - WATER BILL PAYMENTS 
The city is currently undergoing a change in it's utility software.   We are in the middle of the transition at this time and do not have 
an exact date as to when you can expect to see updated information on our "bill pay" website.  We have been advised this may be 4 more weeks.

You will notice that the new statements mailed out on May 1st look different.    Please disregard the balances you see online, those balances are from our old system and we are working on getting them removed as soon as possible.  If you try to make a payment by phone, you will not get updated information at this time.   However, you may still make a payment using the information from the billing statement that was mailed to you.  You will need your account number using this system.  (8-digits long. Zeros precede the actual numbers)

We appreciate your patience during this time.   

Thank you, 
Suzanne Gonzales 
Interim City Secretary 

Employment Oportunities

City Secretary
Job Description 

Maintenance Worker
Job Description


Application

House Bill 872

House Bill 872

Notice of Confidentiality and Customer Right to Disclosure: Pursuant to House Bill (H.B.) 872, passed by the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, amending Subchapter B of Chapter 182 of the Texas Utilities Code, amending Section 13.043(b-2) of the Texas Water Code, and adding Section 552.1331 to the Texas Government Code, all effective June 18, 2021 (pending publication of the current statutes), providing that personal information as defined under Tex. Utilities Code Section 182.051 as, “an individual’s address, telephone number, or social security number” in a customer’s account record, or any information relating to the volume or units of utility usage or amounts billed to or collected from a customer for utility usage (also known as a “ratepayer”), may not be disclosed by the City of Marion or the City’s Utility Department unless a customer request disclosure of such personal information. A customer may request disclosure of its personal information by submitting in writing such request addressed to the City Secretary, Suzanne Gonzales at sgonzales@cityofmariontx.org – please ensure to provide your complete service address and billing account number. You will get a confirmation email after your request is received and applied to your account. You can also make your request for disclosure in person in the at City Hall.

At any time, a customer may rescind their request for disclosure by submitting, in writing, a request, ensuring to include their complete service address and billing account number, to withhold the customer’s personal information to the City’s Secretary. Such request shall become effective on the date the City receives a customer’s request to rescind disclosure of their personal information.

Disclosure Form

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

City of Marion
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 3rd, 2021 at 6 p.m.
with a Special Visit all the way
from the North Pole from
Santa 
Don't forget to Bring your Chair

Santa's Parade Route

Santa's Parade
December 19,2021
At 3:00 p.m.
Parade Route

Park Survey

The City of Marion
Will be submitting a grant application to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPW).
The Grant will be to improve the City’s Parks located at E. Krueger and N. Center St.
Please answer the survey at this link : https://forms.gle/EyV8nhiDqiUFhQPU8
Your answers are helpful to secure funds for the Marion Park.


Planning and Zoning

The City of Marion is currently accepting applications
to fill vacancies on the City of Marion
Planning and Zoning Commission. 
If you are interested, please
submit the following form: Application

General Election May 1, 2021

Notice of Deadline to File
the deadline to file Your application 
for a Place on the May 1, 2021 General Election 
is February 12, 2021
Election for :
Mayor 

and Two Alderman
Notice of Election

Covid-19 Update

For Immediate Release:
 Marion Residents 
is Very Important to wear a mask 
when you are out in public and practice 
social distancing, and please  Wash your hands often.

Order of Election for November 3, 2020


Resolution 2020-23 Canvassing the Election
Election for three (3) Alderman 
and 
One (1) Unexpired Alderman
November 3, 2020
Notice of Elections

Propose Tax Rate and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021

To see the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 and the Tax Rate please click on the following:
Tax Rate
Proposed Budget FY 2020-2021

Covid-19 Update

***COVID-19 Update***
Governor Gregg Abbott has issued an Executive Order No. GA-29
Requiring as of July 3, 2020 at 12:01pm that every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth.

City Hall Closed to the Public

Due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in our state
county and community.


Confirmed COVID-19 Case in the City

The County Judge just confirmed one case of COVID-19 in the City of Marion.
If you need additional information, please call Mayor Contreras at:
210-846-3172
Please keep practicing social distancing and wash your hands often with
soap and water, if soap and water are not available,  use hand sanitizer.
Factsheet

Video of Coffee with the Mayor
http's://vimeo.com /425553243

Notice of Deadline

The Deadline to File Application
for Place on the Ballot 
for the Special Election is
 March 3, 2020


Notice of Deadline to File Applications for Place on the Ballot