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City Secretary & Finance Department
The City Secretary serves as public information officer, preserving and managing City records. The Secretary's Office administers and maintains records for all municipal elections. The Secretary also serves as Finance Officer for the City and administrator of the Municipal Court.
The Secretary's office provides records management services for the City of Terrell, organizing and storing documents pertaining to all aspects of municipal government. Posting of public meetings and legal advertising is handled through the City Secretary's office. The office is an open information resource for the public. Requests for information on local ordinances, the city budget, department operations, City Council meetings, and other municipal operations can be made during regular office hours. You may obtain copies of ordinances, meeting minutes, and other open information for a small copying charge.
Click here for an online open records request form.
The City Secretary records and preserves minutes for City Council meetings held the first and third Tuesday of the month. City Council agendas are available from the office on the Friday afternoon before each regular Council meeting. They are also posted on the bulletin boards near the front entrance of City Hall. Contact the City Secretary's office to determine which council district you live in and the name of your council representative.
The City Secretary administers all elections called by the City Council. The office provides voting district information, applications for ballots by mail, and early voting location(s). Filing information for candidates is also available at the office.
The Finance Director accounts for all monies received
by the City, prepares monthly financial reports, records and reports all
financial transactions, assists in the preparation of the annual budget,
and prepares special reports for the City Manager and City Council. The
office also ensures that investments are maintained at the highest possible
Payments for services are due on or before the fifteenth day of each month.
A check returned to the city for any reason stated thereon shall be assessed a fee of forty five dollars ($45.00) A customer shall pay the amount due on the original billing, plus the insufficient funds fee, within three business days of receipt of notice from the city of a returned check.
The following schedule of monthly rates or charges for water services furnished by the City shall be and such is hereby adopted and established as follows:
(1) There is hereby established a minimum monthly water use charge based upon the water meter installed as follows:
(2) Subject to the minimum monthly charges as provided in subsection (1) above, the following rates per month shall be charged for water furnished:
CHARGE (per 1,000 gallons):
Wholesale water customer rates. Rates shall be determined by the methodology as stated in the wholesale water customer's contract. Wholesale water customers without a methodology in the wholesale water customer's contract will be charged $4.28 per 1,000 gallons of water. (Ordinance 2548)
The monthly charge for private fire protection service shall be as follows:
Water used through a fire protection service for purposes other than testing of system shall be at a rate equal to the largest volumetric rate applicable in subsection (2).
Water backflow devices and required testing.
Backflow Solutions, Inc. (BSI) administers the water backflow protection program for the City of Terrell. They handle tracking and sending out reminder letters.
Testing can be performed by any TCEQ certified local tester. Backflow permits can be picked up by testers at the Municipal Development Department.
Residential non-hazard devices are required to be certified every 5 years.
Commercial devices are required to be certified every year.
The following schedule of monthly rates or charges for sewer services furnished by the City shall be and such is hereby adopted and established as follows:
*Sewer volume charges based on winter-average (December, January, February) water consumption. Average Winter Usage Ordinance - 2415
Lt. Commercial Rates All commercial customers shall be charged on the following basis:
Those businesses not being metered on an individual unit basis, shall be charged a minimum monthly bill per business.
Heavy Commercial/Industrial. All heavy commercial and industrial customers shall be charged on the following basis:
Pretreatment. All customers that require pretreatment of wastewater shall be charged on the following basis:
Customer Review. Where the city manager determines that wastewater charges should be based directly on the customer's contribution to the wastewater system, volume charges for the discharge shall be made as follows:
The customer shall pay for any required sampling in advance. The charge for sampling shall be as estimated by the pretreatment coordinator based upon the city's actual cost for similar services.
All rates charged pursuant to this Ordinance shall be subject to an additional 4% Municipal Assessment
The City Secretary also serves as Municipal Court
administrator. Municipal Court is located in the City Hall lobby at 201
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