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A WORD FROM THE MAYOR
Code enforcement has been working and citizens of Pearsall should start to see a difference around town. It is a process and takes time, but vacant lots are getting cleaned up, overgrown alleys and roadways are getting cleared and citations are being issued for abandoned cars and appliances in yards.
July and August will be a major focus on the budget for the coming operating year for the city. Our fiscal year being October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022. City staff and council will be working at a number of budget workshops to have the budget ready for approval in September.
We anticipate having our 2019-2020 audit finalized by July 2021 which will mean the city is up to date on our audits. As stated, due to the diligence of our finance department, we will be in a position going forward to have our books turned over to our auditing firm by November of each year so that our annual audit will be complete going forward by March 1 of the following year, as required by our Charter. This, among other things, is beneficial to our credit rating.
You are going to be hearing a good bit about the city of Pearsall’s Master Comprehensive Plan, in conjunction with this year’s budget and beyond. This plan will be a guide post for the way forward for the city of Pearsall to maintain, repair, replace or construct key infrastructure components over the short term (one year), intermediate term (two to five years), and long term (over five years). Water lines, water plants, sewer lines, sewer plants, roads and gas lines will be the focus. The city has contracted with a firm that will assist city personal and management to review and help prepare the way forward with this plan. Pearsall is no different from a large percentage of American towns and cities that have aged infrastructure that is nearing or at the end of its useful life and must be addressed now, along with how to pay for these improvements and/or upgrades. We are doing a drainage study as well.
Other topics in the near term will be economic development, housing, the continued security and well being of our citizens, and emergency preparedness.
I have open office hours in the new city hall every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and welcome anyone to come by if you have anything you would like to discuss regarding our city.
This weekend we will celebrate July 4. Two hundred forty-five years ago 56 American patriots pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to a document that has provided freedom and liberty for millions upon millions, for generation after generation of American’s from all walks of life.
Through many tribulations, toil and tears our Declaration, our Constitution and our flag has prevailed, praise God. May we all do our part to insure future generations will enjoy the same blessings of freedom and liberty.
Ben T. Briscoe – Mayor
God Bless the City of Pearsall, the County of Frio, the State of Texas, the United States of America and You