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PUBLIC NOTICE
05/22/2015

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on June 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. during the regular Lindale City Council meeting at Lindale City Hall located at 105 Ballard Drive, Lindale, Texas on the creation of a Reinvestment Zone and its benefits to the City and to property in the proposed zone. At the hearing an interested person may speak for or against the creation of the zone, its boundaries, or the concept of tax increment financing. A copy of the proposed boundaries of the zone can be obtained from the City Manager at City Hall during normal business hours.




Election Results 2015
05/09/2015

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Job Opening - Telecommunications Officer
04/22/2015

The City of Lindale has an opening:

4:00pm - 12:00 midnight - Full Time

Telecommunications Officer

Overall Responsibilities

Performs repetitive telecommunications/clerical duties of a specialized nature within an assigned department/specialized area. Under general supervision to operate a private branch telephone; to act as a public receptionist; and to do related work as required. Dispatch Police, Fire and EMS, enter reports and citations, and keep up with a minimum of 5 officers at any given time, including locations and the officer’s actions.

Specific Responsibilities

Answer incoming Emergency and Non-Emergency calls for Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services in a calm, distinct voice. Make necessary connections and/or notify proper agency of any calls for service received by the police department. Log all information on incoming calls and keep accurate records of such information. Operate radio and radio traffic with the police department and any other agency that is using our radio. Operate several different computers including a law enforcement terminal connected to State and Federal records.

Required Skills

Listen to and comprehend telephone conversations and respond appropriately. Concentrate on multiple tasks under stressful conditions. Perform a variety of clerical tasks and typing work when not engaged in telephone or reception duties. Be able to perform data entry functions as requested. Good interpersonal skills. Be able to prioritize incoming tasks. Be able to handle any other duties that may be required.

Requirements:

Valid TX DL, applicants must pass a background investigation and urinalysis/drug screen, available to work any hours.

Education

High School Diploma or GED.

Physical Requirements

Should be in good health. Must be able to see indicators on the telephone and computers. Should be able to work in a confined area for 8+ hours and remain seated for long periods of time. Must be able to hear telephone conversations clearly. Lift, hold, and carry up to 30 pounds of office supplies.

 

Application 

Job Description - Telecommunications Officer




Job Opening - Patrol Officer
04/22/2015

The City of Lindale has an opening for a Patrol Officer - Full-Time

Required Skills

Will need to know how to operate or be able to learn to operate a data terminal for police purposes.  Must be able to shoot a pistol, rifle, and shotgun and demonstrate proficiency to required state standards with any weapons used.  Perform defensive and other hand to hand combat tactics.  Operate a vehicle under adverse or stressful conditions.  Be able to maintain personal and departmental equipment that is used for the job.  Any other duty that may be required.

Education

High School Diploma or equivalent.  Must have a Texas Motor Vehicle Operator's License without restrictions (except A).  Texas Basic Peace Officer's License.

Physical Requirements

Should be in good overall health with no deficiencies that would prohibit or hinder the physical demands of a police officer.  Be able to walk long distances, run when the situation requires, climb and crawl under most conditions.  Forcefully grab, restrain, and control suspects.  Operate a motor vehicle for long periods of time.  Work overtime and long hours when required.  Assist EMS or fire department with rescue efforts as requested.


 

Application 

Job Description - Patrol Officer




MOWING SEASON IS HERE
04/09/2015

MOWING SEASON IS HERE

THE CITY OF LINDALE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU THAT OUR HIGH GRASS AND WEEDS ORDINANCE STATES:

That grass and weeds must be kept under 12 inches.

Please help us keep the city clean.

For a copy of the ordinance, click on link below or contact us at 903-882-6861. Thank You!

Ordinance 18-2006




Part-time Mowing Position
04/09/2015

Part-Time Mowing position available.  High school diploma or GED preferred.  Texas Class C Driver’s License required.  Taking applications until job is filled.  Applications are available at City of Lindale Water Department, 212 N. Commerce St. (903) 882-4948

 




NOTICE OF ELECTION
03/20/2015

NOTICE




Liviability in Lindale
03/12/2015

Livability in Lindale

“Livability” is a word describing a wide variety of factors that result in a high quality of life that cities must offer current and future citizens in order to be competitive in the 21st century.  Generally speaking, livability means a great city in which to live, work, play, visit and explore. It could also mean that it is a great city to raise children and for seniors to retire.

City Managers, Mayors, Academics, and CEOs studying growing cities have identified several items which need to be addressed to make sure cities are competitive. Some of these include: the natural environment and the “built” environment (how the buildings look), arts and culture, health – health care and parks and recreational opportunities, affordable housing, connectivity – transportation, bicycling, and walkability, economic opportunity – jobs and a good place to start a business, safety, clean streets, and of course great schools.  
    
CEO’s for cities and organization that studies and works closely with cities to help them grow has identified four critical questions that every city which desires to be competitive (attract and retain new businesses and educational opportunities for its citizens) must be willing to ask:

1.    Connected City: How do we as a community/city connect our physical, human, social and digital capital?

2.    Innovative City: How do we as a community/city foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship?

3.    Talented City: How do we educate, develop, retain, attract, train, employ and deploy our talent.  

4.    Your Distinctive City: How do we find our true identity as a community/city? How do we link and leverage our distinctive assets of people, place and opportunity?

Over the next few editions I will be relating each of these questions to Lindale and explain why how we as a community take action to answer them is important for our future.  

For more information on what's happening at City Hall - you can follow Craig Lindholm, City Manager on Twitter @ctymgrlindaletx as well as, citizens can also communicate with him through Twitter.




Why Downtown Matters
03/09/2015

Why Downtown Matters

Cities begin and end in their downtowns. Commerce creates downtowns. Culture enhances downtowns. Government is born in downtowns. Even the first residential developments begin in the downtowns.

Until the early 1960s, downtowns remained the center of commerce, culture, worship and government. As the decade progressed the American downtown became a victim of urban sprawl. As cities were required to invest a greater proportion of their resources in infrastructure for suburban development; municipal investment in downtown in many instances stopped and downtowns began to decline. Cities could not afford to reinvest in the heart of their community due to the need to build more roads, water and wastewater lines for the continuing outward growth of the suburbs and to maintain the vast amount of now aging infrastructure leading to the suburbs. Throughout the next thirty to forty years, downtown buildings became abandoned or under-utilized and downtown property values plummeted.

Fortunately, developers and municipalities have begun to recognize the significance of downtown redevelopment in the last ten to fifteen years. This renewed interest has been driven by millennials – the younger generation who value urban spaces which allow them to live, work, and play in the same place.

However, there are still those that might argue that there is no real loss as the location of “downtown” has now simply moved closer to the suburbs. They might suggest that malls, strip centers and large retail establishments now comprise the new American downtown. I would offer that there are two issues with that argument – economic loss and loss of the sense of place or uniqueness.

Economic Loss

Urban sprawl has a significant cost, as cities spread geographically the cost of infrastructure increases. Yesterday’s nice suburbs with higher home values become tomorrow’s declining neighborhoods without continued reinvestment. As new developments occur further from existing infrastructure (water, sewer, roads) costs for the installation of new infrastructure increases for the developers and the city.

The initial cost of infrastructure may be borne by the developer and ultimately to the property owners when they buy the property; but the maintenance of the infrastructure is borne by the municipality and ultimately the property owner in the form of property taxes. As property values decline in downtown and older neighborhoods the cost burden for property tax is shifted to new developments with higher property values. This creates a cycle of unsustainable development by creating new suburban developments which require extending infrastructure with the unintended consequence of creating declining neighborhoods due to the overall cost of maintaining an outward-growing infrastructure network. The reality is that this is not a sustainable economic model, but more on that in later articles.

Perhaps the most telling example of the loss associated with unplanned and poorly managed urban sprawl is the city of Detroit. The cost for development and maintenance of infrastructure can be contained somewhat by reinvesting or redeveloping areas (neighborhoods and downtowns) where infrastructure exists.

Loss of the Sense of Place or Uniqueness

I am very excited about the growth of businesses along the interstate. I am so grateful that Lindale has this growth and I will continue to work diligently with our economic development corporation and City Council to ensure the growth continues. The growth along Interstate 20 does not define Lindale as a community, however, I could be blindfolded and driven to a similar development in any similar size city in the country have the blindfold removed and would not be able to tell you if I was in Lindale or 1000 miles away in a city with a similar development on its interstate corridor.

As important as this development is to our city, they do not define us as a community. Our identity began and remains in our downtown. This is true for every city. Our downtown holds our history and culture and defines who we are as a community.

Downtown remains as the location we gather to celebrate, encourage, worship and support each other. Downtown is where we come together to support our City’s heroes, gather to celebrate our heritage and holidays and assemble to support those entities which enhance our quality of life.

We are a community first and a city second. If we nurture the community by creating opportunities and venues for community events and celebrations growth will occur naturally – growth with those who consider the need for “community” and want to share in it by being a part of somewhere more than just a city.

The deciding factor in my decision to accept my position as City Manager of Lindale was “Pray for Joe.” “Pray for Joe” told me clearly that this was not simply a growing city, but a growing and loving community. Community matters because people matter – and since downtowns are the heart of the community – downtowns will always matter.

The question we must ask ourselves is “If the downtown is the place we gather and become one community should we not consider it equally worthy of investment as the next large scale retail business or development along the interstate which travelers can find in any city with interstate frontage?”




Lindale Downtown Development - Sidewalk Improvements
03/09/2015

Lindale Downtown Development

Sidewalk Improvements      

 

            In late 2014 Lindale received a Texas Capital Fund – Downtown Revitalization grant for the sidewalk replacement with ADA handicap accessibility along the west side of Main Street (U.S. 69) between West Valley Street to the north and West Hubbard Street (Hwy. 16) to the south; and the north side of Hubbard Street between Main Street to the east and West Henry Street to the west. The grant is for $150,000 and requires a local match of approximately 25%.  

            The design and engineering on the project began in January. We hope to bid the project in May or June with the construction being completed by the end of the summer. The City will work with all businesses in the area to minimize inconvenience during construction and to ensure their customers have access.

            The City will be applying for similar grant for the east side of Main and north side of East Hubbard as soon as the project is successfully completed, followed by sidewalk improvements south of the U.S. 69 and Hwy. 16 intersection. The funding agency requires each grant be completed prior to application for more funding. The City will also be applying to other funding agencies for lighting and other amenities as these projects progress. Sidewalk improvements and other municipal improvements combined with private improvements completed and planned will truly transform our downtown over the next several months.




Texas Cities Working for Local Taxpayers
03/09/2015

Texas Cities Working for Local Taxpayers

Cities are the government closest to the people and therefore most accountable to the people. Cities provide the services we cannot do without. Those services reflect the will of the local taxpayers, services such as streets, water, wastewater and storm water, public safety, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, code enforcement, and economic development which creates local jobs.

It costs money to provide these services. Cities work to keep property values high and local taxes low while meeting the demands for the needs of citizens. This is a core value of city officials.

Cities don’t typically seek funding from the state, and they receive virtually nothing from the state. What cities need in lieu of state funding is to be treated as partners in keeping Texas great. They want to keep providing local services in the way they were elected to do. State attempts to reduce or restrict the use of local generated taxes currently dedicated to these local services pose a risk to the sustainable delivery of these services and severely hampers the city’s ability to grow.

Here are a few facts on Texas Cities provided through various state agencies and the Texas Municipal League:

  • From 1990 to 2011, the total city property tax levy increased an average of 5.48 percent per year. This increase is closely aligned with Texas population growth plus inflation over the same period which averaged 4.7 percent increase per year.
  • From 2009 – 2013, the total outstanding state debt increased by 27.8 percent, the total outstanding local debt increased by 14.9 percent, and the total outstanding city debt increased by 13.7 percent.
  • Seventeen percent of property taxes statewide go to cities. The majority of property taxes (54 percent) go to fund public schools. Of the remainder sixteen percent goes to counties and thirteen percent goes to special districts.
  • Texas Cities receive virtually no financial assistance from the state. In fact, Texas ranks 49th out of the 50 states in the amount of general revenue it receives from state government.
  • Using a unique concept dubbed “reverse intergovernmental aid,” the Texas Legislature requires cities to generate and remit to the state over $200 million annually to fund state programs. Lindale remits $250,000 annually which is basically the cost of 3 patrol officers or nearly 2/3 of what the City could afford to budget for street improvements in 2014. Dollars remitted to the State are local dollars funding projects elsewhere in the state.
  • In fiscal year 2012, cities pitched in more than $112 million in cash and much more in right-of- way donations and in-kind services for state highway projects initiated by TxDOT.

 Encourage the Texas Legislature to treat cities as equal partners in growing our State and keeping it strong.

 




Farmers Market 2015 Season Grand Opening
02/27/2015

Mark your calendars for April 25, 2015 - GRAND OPENING - LINDALE FARMERS MARKET 2015. Stay tuned for all the details.......

8:00am - 1:00pm

Picker's Pavilion

205 E. North Street

Lindale, Texas  75771

 




City Council Adopts Policy for Commitment of City Employees and Equipment for use at Community Event
01/21/2015

City of Lindale Policy: Commitment of City Employees and Equipment for Community Events

Public employee compensation is funded through tax revenue collected from citizens of the City of Lindale. In consideration of that public dollars are dedicated to finance the duties of public employees which are to benefit all citizens of the City, and in consideration that the commitment of time by City employees translates into a cost for City taxpayers the following policies for the commitment of city employees to work at community events are hereby adopted:

  • City employees may be assigned to work at community events in which the City Council has authorized the City to participate as a sponsor. Currently the City sponsored events include Country Fest and the Lindale Christmas Celebration. The City Council as the elected governing body of the City, and being responsible for the approval of the budget for the City may add new events, which in their assessment, improve the quality of life or economic condition of the City at any time.
  • Non-profits or for profit entities may submit requests to the city manager for the commitment of city employees to work at their event, but the non-profit or for profit entity shall be responsible to reimburse the city for the city’s full and actual cost for the employees (full compensation cost) and any equipment the employees are required to use for the event. Non-profit or for profit entities requesting the use of city employees will be required to execute an agreement with the city and may be required to submit a security deposit with the City Finance Director no later than three (3) business days prior to the event. The City Manager may waive the security deposit at his/her discretion.
  • City staff will be responsible to evaluate all requests for the purpose of determining the need for number of employees, time commitment for employees, type of equipment and the time commitment for the use of the equipment. The determination will be made by city staff only.

 

 Request for Commitment of city Employees for Community Events




Lindale Library Questions and Answers
01/21/2015

Lindale Library Questions and Answers

Why isn’t the city using tax revenue from the sale of beer and wine to fund the library?

The issue of dedicating a specific tax to fund a specific project or entity involves financial, business/operational and political considerations. From a financial perspective it has yet to be determined what type of revenue impact taxes from beer and wine sales will generate. Additionally, it is difficult to determine if the sales tax from beer and wine sales will remain stable. Good business (municipal operation) practices dictate that a governmental entity should always underestimate their revenues and overestimate their expenses. Since the outcome on referendum on the sale beer and wine in Lindale was unknown during the time the City prepared and passed the 2014 – 2015 budget in August no projections for increased tax revenue from the sale of beer and wine were even considered. The overall revenue impact of beer and wine sales will not be known until the January or February 2016, since beer and wine did not appear in stores until December 2014. Additionally revenue data produced from the first years of sales will need to evaluated conservatively also because sales of any product tend to peak the first year and then trend downward. The city staff and City Council recognize their judiciary responsibility to the citizens of Lindale and are committed to making decisions that promote growth without jeopardizing the long-term financial stability of the city.

The priorities of city government are clear and are prioritized in this order by all cities: public safety, infrastructure (including streets, water, and sewer), planning and development, public transportation (larger cities), parks and recreation, and municipally owned and operated libraries. Economic and community developers agree that the primary factors involved in the decision making process of industries and businesses seeking to locate in a community include: location (major transportation corridors), availability of a skilled work force, the city’s public safety including police and fire protection, the quality of infrastructure (water, sewer, and streets), and then quality of life issues such as quality of schools, availability of higher education, medical care, entertainment, parks and recreation, civic events, and libraries. Quality of life issues only weigh into the occasion when all other factors have been met and there may be competition between two cities. In the past fifteen years of my work in economic and community development the public library has never been a deciding factor for a business or industry to bring jobs to the community. City leaders must choose to make investments in those critical areas that bring jobs and growth to the community. As the community grows and becomes more prosperous quality of the “quality of life” opportunities benefit from the growth because it brings a broader and deeper tax base to the community.

The long term viability of the library is dependent upon stable funding from city taxes and then you could charge a nominal fee to patrons who live outside the service area. Why isn’t this possible?

The Library Board has defined the service area to include all residents of the Lindale ISD. It is my understanding that is in the charter or bylaws. The Board would need to revise the bylaws to redefine the boundaries. If the boundaries were redefined to the city limits of the City of Lindale, with the expectation that the Library be supported fully with municipal tax dollars, then the library would be no longer an independent library, but a city owned and operated library. The Library non-profit corporation would be dissolved as would the Library Board and the city would take over all operations of the library including staff, financial management, physical plant, and setting hours of operation. This would also result in an increase in the percentage of taxes paid by each Lindale property owner which would be committed to funding the library, and quite possibly a tax increase depending on the competing priorities discussed in the previous section. Obviously, this would have to be approved by City Council and would involve a number of public hearings so the residents of Lindale could exercise their right to comment.

Another issue arises when you consider the process and concept of charging a “nominal fee.” The first question to be determined is the definition of nominal. I would suggest that the concept of nominal in the context of a fee for service spans a wide spectrum. Nominal for low income persons may be “no fee” while nominal for a high income person may be $500.00. It would seem impossible to maintain fairness if an arbitrary fee was established. It would not be fair for the patrons and not fair for the library budget. It would appear that if fairness was a consideration as it should if a mission of the Library is to serve low-income underserved residents of our area some type of “means test” should be instituted, requiring those in higher income/asset brackets to pay more for the use of the library than those who have less. This process would require greater staff time and therefor a higher commitment of tax dollars. Finally, it is reasonable to assume that if the city fully funded the library donations from outside the service are would decline, even if no fees were charged. It is human nature to not pay or donate if you can receive something or some service free. A decline in donations would create an increased dependency on the taxpayers as operational costs escalated over time.      

Those outside the city contribute to sales tax collected by the city, shouldn’t they have a say as to how their sales tax dollars are spent? Municipal funding is a comprised of ad valorem tax, sales tax, and fees. All cities collect sales taxes from individuals living outside the city and choose to spend money in the city. Each time any of us shops in Lindale, Tyler, or Dallas the taxes collected on our purchases goes to the representative city as revenue used to offset expenditures the City Council has approved in the budget. Non-residents do not have the right to direct there sales tax dollars to specific projects or programs in any city. Additionally, it should be noted that non-residents also take advantage of city streets, police protection, city parks, water and sewer service and the use of city facilities which revenue from the sales tax contributions of residents and non-residents combined with the revenues from the ad valorem taxes paid by residents help to fund.




Cracking the Code: Citizen Safety and Protection of Property Values
01/08/2015

Cracking the Code




Where Do Texas Cities Get Their Money?
01/08/2015

Where Cities Get Money

 




Police Body Cameras
01/07/2015

On January 6, 2015 the Lindale City Council approved the purchase of high definition body-worn cameras for all the department officers. Lindale Police officers have been using body cameras for the past two years, so the use of body-worn cameras is not new to the department or attributed to any national issue. Lindale patrol cars have had video capability for much longer.

The newly purchased cameras provide a higher level of video and audio clarity than previous cameras used by the department. The cameras also provide additional features such as time stamping and still picture capacity. The purchase of these cameras is not in response to anything you may have seen or heard in the media recently, the purpose for the purchase of these cameras is to ensure that our police officers have the best possible equipment available to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Lindale and to protect their own personal safety in the course of their duties.

Our police officers put themselves in danger on a daily basis for the benefit of all citizens in this community. These body-worn cameras are but one more means our department now has to deter criminal activity and provide for the protection of those who stand on our behalf against those that would cause harm to our community.




Substandard Building Ordinance and Property Condition Assessment
01/07/2015

In October 2014, the City Council also adopted a new Substandard Building Ordinance. This ordinance establishes standards for declaring a building substandard and authorizes the city inspection/code enforcement staff to inspect the building and declare it substandard if it meets the standards for being substandard.

The intent of this ordinance is to help property owner identify potential problems with their properties which could lower the value of their properties or cost more to repair if not addressed. The ordinance also protects the public from hazards associated with substandard properties which could affect their health and safety, protects neighborhoods from declining property values, and improves the overall visual appeal of the City which helps to attract more development.

The ordinance applies to residential and commercial properties throughout the city limits. The ordinance takes effect on January 20, 2015 at which time the City’s Code Enforcement/Building Inspection staff will begin a systematic inspection of all possible substandard properties in all areas of the city. The ordinance will be enforced throughout the city limits of Lindale in all neighborhoods and commercial districts.

Prior to enforcement activities, the city staff will conduct a city-wide assessment property condition assessment. The City has adopted an objective assessment tool developed by the City of Farmer’s Branch Code Enforcement Department and adopted for use in a number of Texas Cities. The assessment instrument provides a fair and objective measure of the condition of residential and commercial buildings, accessory or out-buildings, fences, yards and landscaping, trash and litter, and junk vehicles. The instrument and supporting documents leave little room for individual interpretation by the city inspector or property owner. Property owners are encouraged to conduct a self-assessment of their properties. The instrument and supporting documentation will be available on the City website for download by January 20, 2015.

The purpose of the assessment is to help the owner determine what repairs or improvements may be needed to keep the property in compliance with city property standards. Upon completion of the property assessment by City staff the owners will be notified of needed repair and improvements and provided time for these repairs and improvements to be completed, prior to any formal action being taken. Failure to complete the repairs or improvement within the agreed upon time frame may result in the issuance of a citation and a court hearing before the municipal court. City staff will work with property owners who have limited resources or ability to make needed repairs and improvements. Property owners who have a history of ignoring needed repairs after multiple citations will find themselves court action and significant fines until the repairs and improvements are completed. In rare cases where properties found to be uninhabitable by the Court the properties become subject to condemnation and demolition. Property owners may demolish the properties themselves in accordance with City standards, or the City may demolish the property at which time the city will place a lien on the property to recoup the cost of demolition.  

The City will hold a public meeting on this ordinance and the assessment and enforcement practice for the ordinance at 5:30 PM Tuesday January 13. The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers at Lindale City Hall. All property owners are encouraged to attend. The property assessment rating tool and supporting documentation will be available to all interested in attending. We anticipate this ordinance will provide for healthier, safer, more beautiful and more prosperous Lindale.  




RANK THE CONDITION OF YOUR OWN PROPERTY
01/06/2015

RANK THE CONDITION OF YOUR OWN PROPERTY

The City of Lindale will be ranking all property (Commercial and Residential) within the city limits in order to identify violations.

City employees will be ranking properties on condition of the main building, accessory buildings, fences, yards, trash and junk vehicles. Properties rated in the “C” and “D” categories are in violation of city ordinance and will be receiving notice to bring property conditions up to code. The City will address C & D categories first.

Below is an example of the rating system for each category. You can rank your own property according to its condition by referring to the example.

If you have any questions or concerns, please make plans to attend the public meeting:

 

Public Meeting

Re:                Substandard Buildings within the City Limits

                     City Ordinance No. 15-2014

Location:      City Hall – 105 Ballard Drive

Date:            Tuesday, January 13, 2014

Time:            5:30PM

 




Smith County Emergency Services District #1 Called Meeting
01/04/2015

Smith County Emergency Services District #1

Called Meeting

The Smith County Emergency Services District #1 will be swearing in their new members on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM with a “Meet and Greet” reception afterwards. The meeting will be held at the City Hall Council Chambers, 105 Ballard Drive, Lindale, Texas.

Public is invited and encouraged to attend. It’s a great opportunity to meet the new Smith County Emergency Services District #1 Board Members.

Click below to view Agenda

Agenda




Lindale Library: A Complicated Issue
12/22/2014

Lindale Library: A Complicated Issue

            In response to recent news reports concerning the financial status of the Lindale Library, I would offer the following information for consideration by the citizens of Lindale and surrounding area.

            The City of Lindale has been the largest contributor to the Library for some time. There should be no question in the minds of Lindale citizens that their City Council values the services the Library provides to the community and has demonstrated their commitment through the years by direct financial support, as well as supporting fund-raising efforts for the Library. Most recently, the Council’s commitment was demonstrated in August when the Lindale Library Administration and Board sought additional funding from the City to prevent a pending reduction in service. The Council agreed to the increased funding for a period of three months with the condition that during this time the Library Administration and Board would return to Council at the end of that period to present a financial sustainability plan for the Library. The Council offered city staff support to the Administration and Board to aid in the development of this plan.

            The issue of sustainability for a privately funded and operated Library is more than challenging as can be clearly seen by a simple review of the Lindale Library’s current financial status. Many requests have surfaced for the City to increase funding, fully fund, or even assume ownership of the Library. While these requests may sound reasonable to those that value the mission and purpose of the Library, they each have fiscal consequences for the City of Lindale. I wish to present a holistic picture of what these represent to all who share an interest in the Lindale Library.

  • The City does not own the Lindale Library. It is privately owned and operated by a non-profit board. It also has another non-profit board Friends of the Library which assists in generating funds for the Library operation.
  • The Library serves all those who reside within the Lindale Independent School District. The school district boundaries include the City of Hide Away Lake, and a significant amount of other geographic area located outside the city limits of Lindale.
  • As previously stated, the City is the largest contributor to the Library. The Council could choose to increase the contribution to the Library, but since Lindale operates fiscally responsible and maintains a balanced budget the Council would be required to take funds from another budgeted source or the fund balance in order to increase funding for the Library. Should the City Council take this action, they would essentially be stating that they believe the citizens of Lindale support increased funding to a Library which serves a large geographic area outside the city limits with a population receiving the benefit of the services of the Library at a cost paid for by those that pay Lindale taxes. The Council reports to the citizens of Lindale, and if this is the desire of the citizens of Lindale it would benefit the Council if they made them known.
  • Requests have included comments such as use the increased sales tax from alcohol sales to support the Library. Others have offered that people living outside of the city pay sales tax too. While these comments are valid, if the goal to make funding for the Library sustainable and consistent, sale tax is not the correct method to achieve this objective. Sales tax revenue fluctuates with national and local economic conditions, and as such the library could be subject to reduction in funding depending on the rise and fall of sales tax. Increasing property tax would provide the most stable solution for the Library. While funding the Library through property tax would provide the greatest stability, it also shifts the burden to City of Lindale residents as an increase in property tax would impact those living and operating businesses within the city limits only.
  • If the City assumed ownership of the Library the City could fund and operate the Library. While those that value the services provided by the library may view that as the City acquiring a public asset, the financial reality is that the city would be assuming a financial liability. The personnel and operating expenses are but one piece of the cost, building maintenance the future replacement cost for the building must also be considered as part of the entire financial picture. Additionally, while no one questions the value the Library offers to the public, the Library does not directly generate tax revenue. Roads, bridges, reinvestment in downtown, all generate economic growth which creates increased tax revenue, while libraries, parks, museums, etc. increase the quality of life for a city’s residents. Quality of life is important for the citizens, but they also must be willing to pay for the quality of life they wish to experience. Citizens must also let their elected officials know they support the expenditure or increase in taxes to create a better quality of life.

Once again, I want to voice the Council’s support for the Library. I also know that the Council desires that the public has a thorough understanding of the complexity of this issue. No decisions made in public government are without fiscal consequences. The City is committed to continue working with the Library Board as they navigate their way through the financial challenges the Library is facing. I welcome and invite the public to make their views known on this subject at the upcoming City Council meetings. Please refer to the Council Calendar on our City Website www.lindaletx.gov.




Alcohol Sales Application Process
11/26/2014

Please click on link below for the application process for business owners to apply for a permit to sell alcohol.  If you have any questions, please contact Code Enforcement - City of Lindale - 903-882-6861.

 

 

 

Alcohol Sales-Business Owner Application Process




City Receives Notification of Grant Award for Sidewalk Renovation
10/22/2014

The City of Lindale received notification from the Texas Department of Agriculture they were the recipients of a grant award in the amount of $150,000 for renovation of sidewalks in downtown. We anticipate the funding to be released in the spring of 2015 and construction to begin shortly after. Please see a copy of the award letter below. For further information contact the City Manager’s office at 903-882-3422.

 

Award Letter


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