By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun
The budget director, Martin German, told the council that the idea is to raise $1.5 million in new revenue for the municipality, with an economic impact exceeding five million.
City Manager, Carlos Villarreal, defended the proposed increases in some fees saying that it has been more than 20 years since rates were adjusted and added that there needs to be a new revenue for a well balanced budget.
For example, a fee of eight dollars is being proposed for those who park at the airport during the day and six dollars for long-term parking. This charge may come as a surprise to many because parking is free.
Villarreal noted that it is time to establish a collection in this area because they do this in every city including San Antonio and the Valley.
It was also reported to use the tennis courts. There will be a rate of $10 to $15 per month and $108 to $120 per year.
Families participating in summer programs at recreational centers must pay $50 for the use of recreational facilities, a rate that would rise in 2014 to $60.
For now, council members are only discussing the proposals before making a final decision that needs to be made before the end of September.
The new fiscal year for the government of Laredo will begin on Oct. 1 and will last until the Sept. 30, 2013.
Edited by: C.R.
- ratesby rolly polly, 16/08/2012 20:46
Are u kidding me. Y'all are comparing Laredo to San Antonio. Laredo's airport its like one fourth the size of SA.
They have more flights more customers. Why don't they take a pay cut instead and stop buying equipment they don't need or build a new fire station when Laredo doesn't need one.