Bertram’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) came into being through Proposition 1 on the City of Bertram Official Ballot of November 6, 2001. The Proposition read, “The levy and collection of an additional one-half of one percent (0.5%) sales and use tax within the City of Bertram, when and to the extent permitted by law, with the proceeds thereof to be used and applied to athletic facilities, parks and related public space improvements, tourism and entertainment facilities, public facility improvements, facilities to promote new and expanded business development, transportation and infrastructure improvements related to these projects, and the on-going operation and maintenance of them.” This proposition passed and the tax went into effect on April 1, 2002 with the first money to be received in June 2002.
Since that time the Directors of the EDC have carefully considered various propositions and have spent money including: the restructuring and maintenance of the Little League Baseball fields; various advertising for City events, such as Bertram’s 125th Anniversary and on Olde Tyme Christmas; tourism advertising; improvement to land adjacent to elementary school; and parks and pool improvements. A complete accounting of EDC monies spent can be obtained at City Hall.
If a person or a group wishes to request funds from the EDC, it is necessary for that person/group to:
- Call City Hall at 512.355.2197 and arrange to be put on the EDC’s agenda (the EDC meets the 2nd Monday of each month at City Hall at 7:00 p.m.
- Attend the meeting and bring detailed written plans for the proposed project
Once the plan has been accepted by the EDC, the following steps are followed:
- The EDC board proposes a project
- Notice is posted in local newspaper
- At least one public hearing on a proposed project is required
- 60 days waiting period is required before action is taken – waiting period starts when notice is published
- After required waiting period City Council acts on the proposed project
Currently the Economic Development Corporation is investigating and considering the following projects:
- Museum in downtown Bertram
- BMX Track
- Historic Site designations
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For further information, contact Bertram City Secretary, Susan Hartline, at 512.355.2197