By Brian Besch
The Goodrich City Council accepted a new tax rate and holiday festivities were set at the September regular meeting Thursday evening.
The family of Alderman Richard Booth will hold a celebration of life 2 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Lake Livingston State Park Activity Center. Booth died recently under hospice care in Arkansas after a stroke a few months ago.
A new tax rate was proposed in August and accepted Thursday. The new rate will raise more
taxes for maintenance and operations by 27.17% over last year’s tax rate. A home valued at $100,000 can expect to pay approximately $14.90 more than the year prior.
The 2023-24 budget was unavailable for the September meeting, however, City Secretary Felicia Garrett said she expects it to be prepared for October.
“Without the accountant keeping up with our monthly like we had, I’m having to go all the way back to the 2022 fiscal year and do everything by hand,” Garrett said.
The item was tabled until October’s regular meeting.
Festivities for Halloween will be Oct. 28, 5-7 p.m. in front of city hall. It will be a trunk-or-treat styled giveaway, where those attending will remain in their vehicles and drive through. City businesses, just as the year before, are invited to participate along with the city council.
Vehicles will not be allowed entrance from Loop 393, in order to keep a traffic flow and all safe. Instead, they will enter the city hall parking lot from Bond Street.
Lighting of the town Christmas tree will occur Monday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Flags will be placed outside the weekend before Thanksgiving. The marching band from Houston that has become a Goodrich tradition will again kick off the parade down Loop 393 during the Christmas celebration.
City council will also enter a float in the Livingston parade.