Development board okays web site, 2010-11 budget

$21,000 okayed for comprehensive site; new budget set at $334,585
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

The new Municipal Development Board, and funds from hotel-motel tax revenue and municpal court technology fund, will pay one-third each for a $21,000 comprehensive web site for the city and development entity.

Kelvin Knauf, MDD manager and also city manager, said each entity would cover costs for the project which will provide information on the city for outsiders. The Development District board approved funding the site at its Thursday meeting.

“We’re looking at online bill payments and even a feature that will let someone send a Rockdale postcard let someone send a Rockdale postcard to someone via the web,” Knauf said.

Knauf said CivicPlus of Manhattan, Kansas would build the site. That company has developed more than 500 websites from towns the size of Boerne and Hutto to cities as large as St. Paul, Minnesota. Nearby clients include Navasota and Belton. The company also develops sites for counties and school districts.

New Mayor Dr. Larry Jones said a new, professional web site was among his top priorities.


K nauf said the board also approved a fiscal 2011 budget for $334,585, which includes funds rolled in from this year. The MDD began receiving a half-cent in tax rebate revenue early this year and will receive another half-cent once okayed by the State Comptroller’s Office.

That was made possible by the hospital district reliquishing its half-cent sales tax it had collected since 1994 and an expansion of the Municipal Development District to include the hospital district boundaries. Voters okayed those items in May.


The board also discussed signage for US 77, another of the mayor’s stated priorities, but no action was taken. “We are still working with the Texas Department of Transportation as to what is allowed,” Knauf said.

Jones said he would like to have signage that advertises businesses and services visible along US 77.

The board also:

• Heard a presentation from Marketing Alliance, which does videos on properties available for development.

• Adopted an official seal for its legal documents.

• Heard from Joy Graham and Charles Schwertner, a candidate for District 20 State Representative.


By invitation, Knauf and Mayor Larry Jackson were to have testified in front of a Select Committee on Special Purpose Districts on Wednesday at the State Capitol. The committee’s purpose is to review public accountability and transparency of the districts, and make sure taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly.

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