Highway dedication, open porch planned

Heart of West Texas Museum sets event for Sunday

Dan Smith, Texas highway historian, will be at Kiwanis Park on Sunday at 3 p.m. to dedicate the route of the Bankhead Hwy. through Colorado City. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served on the newly renovated porch at the Heritage House.

School students taking STAAR tests

Hutchinson holds rally to fire students up 

A Pass the STAAR rally was held at Hutchinson Elementary to get kids ready to take the state-wide exams. 

Lady Wolves are District Champions!

C-City's varsity softball finish district undefeated

Lady Wolves will face Lubbock Roosevelt Monday, April 28th in Snyder at 6:30 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs. 

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  • Members of the city council of the City of Colorado City met Tuesday night in the boardroom of the Civic Center to review budget changes and approved the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15. This year’s budget is very close to last year’s, as the proposed budget increased by only $371,436.The proposed budget that was approved shows the general fund budget to be $3.8 million, while the budget f...
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City council approves 2014 budget

coloradocityclipartMembers of the city council of the City of Colorado City met Tuesday night in the boardroom of the Civic Center to review budget changes and approved the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15. This year’s budget is very close to last year’s, as the proposed budget increased by only $371,436.
The proposed budget that was approved shows the general fund budget to be $3.8 million, while the budget for the water/sewer is $3.2 million, for a combined total of $7.1 million.
Part of the increase comes in the form of raises for some city employees. City Manager David Hoover said that the city is beginning to lose employees to the oil and gas sector, and pay increases give current employees incentive to stay.
He said that the water department has recently lost two employees, and salaries in that department will be increasing by about 10% over time.
Hoover also mentioned that he is working on the pay scale for the police department. “It’s getting very hard to find police officers,” he said. “We just don’t have the money to pay them what other towns pay them.”
City administrators have been looking at changes within the Chamber of Commerce and Community Development departments since Amie Wood vacated the position as Community Development Director. Hoover said that while funds were budgeted for both departments, he is waiting to hear from the city’s attorney, Lois Rockefeller, before proceeding further.
Councilman Keith Hiser said that, though the money is not in this year’s proposed budget, he would like to see the city pursue the option of contracting some of the work done by the water department to private companies. Hoover said that he would look into it for next year’s budget.
There was more discussion about details within the budget, but ultimately council members approved the proposed budget as it was presented.
“We looked for revenue everywhere we could,” he said, adding that expenses were also watched closely when compiling the budget.
Councilman Andrew Fuller asked if most of the requests made by department heads were able to be fulfilled, and Hoover said that they were.
Budget amendments were made to balance the books for the final days of fiscal year 2013. The city’s fiscal year runs from May 1st to April 30th each year.

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