Mayor Jose Segarra released his 2019 State of the City Address to the public today. The videoed address is available on the City’s website and social media outlets.
The Mayor’s report provides a financial snapshot of the current year’s balanced budget and the challenges in this and future years caused by the disproportionate impact of veterans exemptions. It also describes two new revenue sources, the street maintenance fee and impact fees, along with business growth that is expected to produce new jobs and additional tax revenue.
A major accomplishment featured in the address is the significant reduction in crime in the past year. Crime has fallen 27 percent overall to include a 71-percent reduction in murder, 55-percent reduction in robbery and a 60-percent reduction in vehicle theft.
Finally, he offers project updates on roads, Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport and the City Council Chambers remodel.
Mayor Segarra joined Bell County Judge David Blackburn at a luncheon hosted by the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce Wednesday where both delivered reports on their jurisdictions.