Leander City Council

Leander Council to discuss public comment, protest sign rules


The Leander City Council will consider an ordinance Thursday modifying city rules governs public comments at council meetings regarding time limits and requirements for public comments, location of signage and rules of decorum.

The council's agenda for the meeting did not yet contain a copy of the potential ordinance. 

At the last council meeting, several local residents spoke during the public comment section and criticized the council's decision to end library room rentals. At least one protester from Cedar Park brought several signs critical of the decision and Mayor Troy Hill, which were placed on nearby chairs or at their feet without blocking audience view.

The council will also hold a second and final hearing on the council's proposed tax rate for Fiscal Year 2020.

Finally, the council will consider several last-minute amendments to the 2019 budget to account for several projects approved by the council alongside several unexpected expenses.

The amendments would change $875,000 in the General Fund for a variety of expenses, including approximately half dealing with $445,000 in legal fees for attorneys and litigation, and $335,524 to the Utility Fund. The changes also account for several Capital Improvement funds that were amended this year due to prior year projects being carried over into 2019.