POINT COMFORT – The city council agreed to hire an interim city administrator during a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 19, in the wake of the resignation of Tina Crow.

Crow had been on the job for a little over two weeks after replacing Ofie Baldera, who resigned to work in the family business. Crow left to return to her old job, according to Mayor Leslie Machicek.

The council met in executive session to discuss candidates interviewed during the previous search. After being in closed session for close to an hour, the council returned to open session.

Councilman Mitch McBride made a motion to appoint Councilwoman Linda Brush to hire the interim city administrator, which was seconded by Councilman Wes McKelvy and approved unanimously.

In other business, the council set a second budget workshop for Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

During the posted workshop Monday, the council worked to find places to cut due to an increase in the effective tax rate.

Last year’s tax rate was 1.028 per $100 valuation, and for 2019, the effective rate to raise the same revenue is $1.139 per $100 valuation. The city raised $634,677 in taxes in 2018.

“That’s the last thing we want to do is raise the rate,” said Brush.

“This is not good. (The tax base) went down considerably,” stated Machicek.

The city had a tax base of $61,703,011 in 2018 and that decreased to $55,691,331 for 2019.