By San Antonio Business Journal

The City of Von Ormy is planning to embark on a series of ambitious projects in the coming year as city leaders work to develop new municipal services.

Von Ormy Mayor Art Martinez de Vara says the city will still have enough money to fund a new full-time city administrator, a city marshal and an emergency management coordinator. The budget also includes money for new city services such as street lighting, animal control and money for a municipal court.

Von Ormy is located in South Bexar County and is the countyâ¿¿s newest incorporated city. Von Ormy was incorporated in 2008 and is in the process of building out its municipal services, including fire and police protection.

The city has an agreement in place with the Jarret Volunteer Fire Department to construct a new fire station in Von Ormy. Before the city was incorporated, Jarret provided fire protection. Von Ormy will soon open its City Marshalâ¿¿s Office this summer to provide a greater police presence in the community. Currently, the Bexar County Sheriffâ¿¿s Office provides police protection for local residents.

Despite the investment in services, the 2011 budget proposes a 10 percent property tax cut over the 2010 budget. The city currently has no debt and over the past two years has built a reserve fund equal to one-third of its 2011 budget. In fiscal year 2009, the city ended the year with a 17.6 percent surplus and is projecting a surplus once again once fiscal 2010 ends.

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