Some may remember the October 27, 2015, Council meeting because of some very tense moments in selecting the members of the Ad hoc Residential Street Committee. But, how many remember a motion made immediately after that by Councilman Chad Magill where he pushed for a more competitive insurance vendor? That motion, seconded by Council member Lucy Rubio, passed unanimously and opened the door for what became nearly a million dollars in savings.
“By doing something different – and adding into the language that our Broker of Record is expected to save tax dollars on what we pay for insurance premiums – we saved $951,450! We couldn’t have done it without Carlisle Insurance being aggressive and getting us better coverage at such a low cost,” said Magill after this week’s Council meeting.
To make this deal even sweeter for the taxpayer, Magill made the motion to appropriate this onetime windfall to Residential Street Reconstruction. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Carolyn Vaughn, and supported unanimously by the full City Council. “Every single dollar in, especially what we save in our current budget, means less we have to depend on potential property tax increases this summer as property tax rolls come in from the Appraisal District,” said Magill. “The solution isn’t always raising taxes and more money out of your pocket; we should do everything possible to SAVE tax dollars and prioritize savings to fund our highest priority needs, residential street reconstruction.”
Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer new, in-depth, and insightful responses to the events of the day. She also writes and edits for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper.