Dilley Project Updates – September 7

The pool, the convention center, Family Dollar and the power of a question. The City of Dilley sees progress.

Dilley Pool, repaired
Dilley Pool, repaired

Before the end of summer 2015, Dilley’s pool was closed due to a leak. The City of Dilley raised the issue of repair in March 2016, leaving them a few months to fix the pool by the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial day passed, as did May and June. The pool remained empty and dry. As Dilley approached the hottest days of summer, the city manager could only say that she was waiting for an updated quote from the pool company and that the quote would have to be approved by city council. City council meetings passed without any pool repair items on the agenda. Nearly a year had elapsed since the initial damage.

At a July 14th meeting, the City of Dilley heard a challenge about their financial management and answered with declaration of “tremendous revenue.”  Anyone who heard the story had the same thought… where is it? A reporter (not me) from the Frio-Nueces Current asked the city directly, why has the pool been broken for a year? Continue reading “Dilley Project Updates – September 7”

Dilley City Council At Work – August 29

Dilley proposes a tax rate for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

Dilley City Hall, 2016
Dilley City Hall, 2016

Dilley city council held a special meeting on August 29th, proposing to keep the tax rate at its current rate of $0.802301 per $100.

Finance Administrator/Interim City Manager Irma Rodriguez opened the discussion by proposing a 3 cent raise from last year’s rate to match the current rollback tax rate of $0.838560. The rollback rate is calculated using a year to year comparison of Maintenance and Operation (M&O) taxes, effective tax rates, and debt. The effective tax rate is calculated by a comparison of year to year appraisal rolls.

Rodriguez made her reasoning clear. “I would recommend the $0.838560, especially if we’re going to consider going with the certificates of obligation,” she said, referring to a loan of up to 3 million dollars the City of Dilley will be voting on in the coming weeks. Continue reading “Dilley City Council At Work – August 29”

Can Dilley Raise
Property Taxes on Monday?

Or more importantly, will they?

Dilley City Hall, 2016
Dilley, Texas City Hall, 2016



Unless you checked Dilley City Hall’s front door after close of business on Friday (or refreshed their website), it was easy to miss the next scheduled city council meeting notice for Monday August 29th at 6pm- especially since city meetings are typically held on Tuesdays. The City of Dilley will be closed for 63 of the 72 hours until that meeting, which doesn’t leave much time to ask questions about specific items, such as:

7. Discuss/consider & act on the proposed tax rate Continue reading “Can Dilley Raise
Property Taxes on Monday?”

Proposed Hospital Inflames
La Salle County Residents

A version of this article will appear in the Frio-Nueces Current on August 25, 2016.

La Salle County Commissioners Court takes
temperature of public opinion.

Alfredo Zamora Jr, executive director of South Texas Rural Health Services
Alfredo Zamora Jr, executive director of South Texas Rural Health Services

The La Salle County Commissioners Court hosted a public hearing on the evening of Thursday August 18th at the Alexander Convention Center in Cotulla. The topic was the proposed hospital and new tax district that would accompany the facility.  Tax burdens, staffing difficulties, and transparency took center stage.
Continue reading “Proposed Hospital Inflames
La Salle County Residents”