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Kerens sets budget, keeps tax rate

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KERENS–Kerens City Council approved the fiscal year 2022 budget and 2021 tax rate during its Sept. 7 meeting.
Mayor Jeffrey Saunders said the property tax rate of $0.6805 per $100 valuation is the same as the 2021 fiscal year. City Administrator Katherine Combs said the 2022 operating budget for the general fund includes $916,560 worth of spending, compared to $869,904 budgeted last year. The revenue fund, also known as the water and sewer fund, has $788,709 set aside in the budget, she added. The City of Kerens also has no bonded debt, Combs said.
Council also approved setting up accounts at Prosperity Bank to hold federal COVID relief money, which Combs said is required as part of the funding. Combs said Kerens’ most recent federal grant totaled $188,689.
Council also approved a resolution accepting a water and sewer planning project related to a state Community Development Block Grant. Ken Coignet of Public Management Inc. said the resolution will be sent in with the planning documents to the Texas Agriculture Department for reimbursement.

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