More than 100 Glen Rose residents have signed petitions in favor of hiring a city administrator.
Several copies of the petitions have been circulating in recent weeks. The number of supporters so far totals at least 100, said volunteers who are gathering signatures. Those signing the petition include members of city boards, business people and a broad cross-section of residents.
Members of a concerned group of citizens who came up with the idea for a petition drive plan to make the forms available at city organizations’ meetings this week and at Girls Night Out this weekend. Petitions also are available at the museum downtown.
The group plans to present the petitions to the next regular meeting of the Glen Rose City Council on Monday when the council holds a public hearing on the city’s 2010-2011 tax rate. The hearing starts at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
At the last city council meeting, council members questioned whether there was enough money to hire a city administrator. The current fiscal year budget set aside funds for the position, but some council members favor putting the money into the general fund or spreading it among city employees.
Councilman Johnny Martin had requested that an item be placed on the last council meeting’s agenda to discuss hiring a temporary administrator. But the item was tabled.
Some of the citizens’ group who want to city to hire an administrator said they would support a tax increase to pay for one.
“This budget thing sounds like it could stop the hiring,” said a member of the citizens group. “Many of us still want the administrator even if it requires a tax increase.”
But council members have said they do not want to raise taxes, especially this year when so many people are hurting financially from the shaky economy.