2014-04-02 / Front Page

City to get taxi cab services

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter

A taxi cab business was approved during a March 22 meeting of the city commission.

San Benito resident Rodolfo Meza’s application was given the green light and he said he is ready to start providing the services.

Meza said he has been running taxi cabs for about four years in Harlingen.

Since the city does not have a fee schedule, he said he will charge based on the readings from the vehicle meter.

“I estimate it should cost about $2.70 a mile,” he said in an interview before leaving the Raymondville Rural Technology Training Center. “I can take passengers anywhere they want.”

Meza said that when he worked out of Harlingen, the cost for a trip to McAllen was $75 and $25 to San Benito.

He said he plans to provide the service six days a week and will be based at C&M Market.

In other business, the commission heard a financial report for fiscal year 2012-13 that ended Sept. 30.

John Buffo, with Buffo & Berkman CPA, told the commission that the city finances are doing well thanks to the work of its staff.

He said the city has total assets of more than $27.3 million and liabilities of more than $8.3 million, leaving a grand total of assets of almost $19 million.

On the business side, the city finished the year with more than $3.6 million operating from water and sewer services against total expenses of $3 million.

The commission approved a first reading to amend the city Dog and Cat Ordinance.

City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia said that called for a change in fees.

For example, the new impoundment fee went from $10 to $15, while keeping an animal at the city pound went from $5 to $10 per day.

For giving a notice, the fee went from $5 to $10 and the fee for disposing of an animal went from $10 to $20.

A new fee per litter will go in effect for $20, and the fee to quarantine an animal stays the same at $50.

Garcia said this is the first time the fees will change in more than 15 years.

The commission approved a resolution naming April as Fair Housing Month and a request from Municipal Court Judge Armin Martinez to give Yesenia Hernandez a $2 raise per hour for serving as associate judge in his absence.

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