By Crystal Havner
Special to the Sun-Gazette
FARMERSVILLE – In a short six weeks cities will be in a new fiscal year and with it operating on a new city budget. For Farmersville, financials are trending in an upward direction.
At the Council’s May 14 meeting finance director Steve Huntley relayed the results of the City’s third quarter financial for current fiscal year 2017-2018. Huntley noted the new sales tax voted in by residents was projected to generate an additional $300,000 in general fund revenue. It appears as if the City is on course to meet those projects.
According to a city staff report sales tax in significantly up between January and the end of March, totaling at 37% increase from the year before. HDL, the City’s revenue consultants noted much of the increase came from the gas and service station category, where most sales occur for the City.
“This increase then is easily attributed to rising gas prices and increased sales tax rates on gas,” the city staff report stated.
Commercial cannabis on the other hand is not yet ready to be a revenue generator for the City, and is not projected to be as much in the coming 2018-2019 budget.
“There is a long process and a lot of new hurdles to get over before any new revenue is likely to be received by the city for these startup businesses in the cannabis industry,” City staff reports note.
“The incoming revenue will help our budget deficit and help us stay on track. We are not at a point to expand services,” Huntley added.
In other news
New city manager Jennifer Gomez was sworn in during an early meeting time of 5:45 p.m. District One Tulare County Supervisor Kuyler Crocker attended the swearing in ceremony to state his willingness to continue the working relationship he has with Farmersville.
“I am very excited to work with you. I have had a great working relationship with this council and I see that continuing,” said Crocker. “I also want to give my thanks to the Chief [Mario Krstic] for his interim shift. Hopefully Jennifer will be here for a while and you won’t have to do it again.”
“Thanks Chief this is your second time filling in and 60 days turned into six months, but you did a great job,” mayor Paul Boyer added.
“I have known Jennifer since high school and Farmersville is lucky to have found her. I am here to support her. She is a very hard worker and will be a great benefit to this community,” Donnette Silva-Carter, CEO of the Tulare Chamber of Commerce and Co-president of the Sequoia Tourism Council, who also attended the swearing in, said.
Michael Jordan, a teacher and coach at Farmersville High School was granted a fee waiver from the council for the use of the community center. Jordan intends to use the building as a venue to start a new Futsal league.
Futsal is a variant of soccer and is played on a hard court and smaller playing area. There are five members on the court for each team. A smaller harder ball is also used in the fast paced game.
“We want the kids to have a chance to play this game,” said Jordan, “a fee waiver means we do not have to charge the kids to play. We hope to eventually hold tournaments here. It’s an exciting game. Trust me you won’t regret the decision.”