MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Mayor Jerry Morales is calling all residents in Midland to the first public meeting as he and city council come up with the best possible tax rate next year.
Morales said the city council will talk about another "effective plus three," which means a three percent rate increase adding over $1 million to the city's revenue, making it important for businesses and homeowners throughout the city.
"What we want to do is maintain services. We want to make sure trash is still being picked up, roads are being maintained, water is being turned on," said Morales.
A down economy means a rise in taxes and Morales said the dip in the oil and gas industry has hurt the Tall City and forced the council to play catch up.
"We need to put five million towards roads alone. We're already behind on potholes. We're behind on improving the streets and we're behind on building new roads. We need to have more police cars, some of them are very outdated. We've worn them out. We need to hire some personnel," said Morales.
Morales added those numbers are projections for the budget and the city council plans on taking a more cautious approach next year.
"This is going to be a very tricky and tough year but it's a matter of putting our conservative hats on, working smart and getting everything we can out of every penny," said Morales.
Tuesday is the first planned public meeting on the city's tax plan with another to follow on August 16 and three more meetings will be held before the city council decides on the budget for next year. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at 300 North Loraine Street in Midland starting at 10 a.m.