Carthage City Hall

Carthage City Hall is pictured Friday, Sept. 4.

The Carthage City Commission will host a budget workshop at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at Carthage City Hall, 812 W. Panola St.

Commissioners set the workshop at their Monday meeting.

Also at Monday’s meeting, City Manager Steve Williams gave an update on the city’s sales tax collection and property valuations.

Sales tax collections, Williams said, were down about 4.4 percent from last year.

“But we’re still on pace to exceed the budgeted amount for this year, so we’re still in good shape,” he said.

Williams said the received property tax values from the appraisal district for the year, and it was “down about 1.6 percent from prior years, so basically flat.”

Other Items

Williams also gave an update on what the city is doing to address concerns about homeless people. Williams said they were “still looking to see what we can do and make sure that we’re doing everything we can do to enforce the laws that are out there.”

“Then we’ll also be looking to see if there are any additional codes that we need to bring to implement or at least bring to you for you to look at and see if you want to make any adjustments,” Williams said.

Williams also said the Next Move group, which has been hired by the Carthage Economic Development Corporation and Carthage Improvement Corporation, is continuing work on an economic development plan report.

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Meredith Shamburger serves as the regional editor for Carthage and Kilgore. She has previously worked at the Longview News-Journal, the Marshall News Messenger and The Dallas Morning News. Meredith graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2011.