Council members fail to attend meeting second week in a row
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 23:40
VINTON, Texas — The Village of Vinton is facing a possible maximum property tax increase and yet three council members failed to attend a special meeting Tuesday evening.
No official action could be taken during the meeting due to a lack of council members in attendance required to establish quorum.
"It's very frustrating," said Mayor Madeleine Praino. "I feel disillusioned because we have a responsibility."
Council members Juvencia Rios-Ontiveros, Maria Medina and Martha Garcia missed their second special meeting in back to back weeks.
Vinton residents are facing a possible 72 cent property tax increase per hundred dollar valuation.
That would be an increase of more than $530 on a home valued at $74,000.
That item was on the agenda but failed to be discussed for the second along with a proposal to build a water and sewer system.
Vinton resident Jose Alarcon has been having trouble with his wells.
He as well as other residents will have to begin repairing, and in some cases replacing their wells that are now running dry.
Alarcon said the total cost to get his wells up and running again would be more than $7,000. He was hoping a new water and sewer system would save him that money.
"Services should be provided at this point and when you have to burden the tax issue and dig a well, it really creates a burden," Alarcon said.
The village will hold another special meeting Thursday, August 16th.
The tax issue will be discussed during that meeting if quorum can be established.
We did attempt to reach all three council members, even going to their listed addresses, none came to the door or answered our phone calls.