Review of the week: possible expansion of the cemetery, no death penalty, Killeen budget and more

Review of the week: possible expansion of the cemetery, no death penalty, Killeen budget and more
Review of the week: possible expansion of the cemetery, no death penalty, Killeen budget and more

Authorities plan to expand Killeen City cemetery, spokeswoman says

With 9,500 people buried in Killeen City Cemetery and the remaining plots sold, the property is short of land but could acquire more.

Killeen spokeswoman Janell Ford said last week that the city plans to expand the existing property, but declined to say how much land might be needed, whether the city owns it or what property is being considered.

The Herald reported Aug. 24 that city officials said the cemetery spans 51 acres, 29 of which are used for 10,000 plots. Another 22 acres is used for roads and walkways and a clubhouse, maintenance building and main office.

Marvin Guy, a resident of Killeen, no longer faces the death penalty

The Bell County District Attorney’s Office has decided to waive the death penalty as a possible punishment for a man accused of shooting and killing a Killeen police officer in a no-hit raid more than eight years ago.

In September 2014, the district attorney’s office announced that it would seek the harshest sentence for Marvin Louis Guy, according to a Herald article published online September 4, 2014.

On September 9, the state filed a motion to waive the death penalty in this case. Now, if convicted of capital murder, Guy would face life in prison.

Guy, 57, was jailed May 10, 2014. He was being held on Wednesday in lieu of bond totaling $4 million on four felony counts, including aggravated murder of a peace officer.

Killeen Town Council members unanimously approve budget

In a unanimous vote last week, members of Killeen City Council rubber-stamped a general budget of approximately $112 million for the new fiscal year.

This represents an increase of approximately $6 million over the current budget, which is roughly in line with inflation. Sales taxes and property taxes increased by $3.4 million and $3.5 million, respectively, over last year.

With all other funds combined – Public Safety, Water and Sewer Services, Solid Waste Services, Economic and Community Development, Debt Service, General Administration, Culture and Recreation, Transportation and Streets, Airport and Service drainage – the total budget is approximately $265 million.

This fiscal year, the tax rate is 70.04 cents. But on Tuesday, council members set the tax rate for the 2022-23 fiscal year at 62.33 cents per $100 of assessment and ratified the property tax revenue increase of $3.5 million. dollars, Councilor Nina Cobb voting against both points.

Harker Heights approves new tax rate and Chaparral project at Tuesday’s meeting

Taxpayers in Harker Heights can expect a property tax rate of 58 cents per $100 of assessment after the city council voted unanimously to approve the new rate at its regular meeting at the hotel of town on Tuesday.

Overall, the tax rate is made up of 45.11 cents for maintenance and operations and 12.89 cents for debt service, professionally called interest and amortization.

The new levy is about 1.99% higher than the 2021-22 tax rate, according to the order passed Tuesday evening. The current tax rate is 65.19 cents per $100 of assessment. The average $100,000 home in Harker Heights will pay about $8.80 more in taxes this year, the order says.

Residents of the Cove Mobile Home Park take a wild water ride

Members of a mobile home park in Copperas Cove were without water for two days after the city said it investigated a sewage spill.

The sewage, which was backing up into a waterway, posed such a health risk that the city shut off the water to the Cedar Grove manufactured home community.

Although work to repair the faulty pumps in the mobile home park was not completed, the city felt the problem was alleviated enough to restore water service.

The city shut off the water on Tuesday and restored it on Thursday.

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