VON ORMY, Texas -

There are big changes ahead for the city of Von Ormy.

While the city is experiencing its biggest economic boom in years, Von Ormy Mayor Art Martinez de Vara is also proposing a double-digit property tax cut.

Longtime Von Ormy resident Charlie Brown, who has lived in the community for more than 20 years, said residents are experiencing the benefits of growth without the taxes.

"I'm very pleased with what is happening," said Brown. "Fiscal responsibility is always good."

Martinez de Vara presented his proposed 2014 city budget this week, which not only includes a property tax cut of 10 percent, but an increase in the budget overall.

"Revenues are actually increasing 50 percent," said Martinez de Vara. "So we are actually having a pretty dramatic increase in our budget, which is why we are able to double our police force and do some of our other special projects."

On top of increasing the police force from 10 to 25, city leaders are looking to add a playground and a gazebo to the city park, as well as benches and lighting.

These capital improvement projects, costing about $190,000, will come out of the expected half-million dollar budget surplus.

Martinez de Vara said the surplus is a result of the recent economic development they've been experiencing.

"Though we had no clue at the time that there was going to be oil, oil does help," he said. "So traffic has increased on our corridor."

"We've been very blessed in that Eagle Ford has brought a lot of economic benefits to us," said Brown. "And I'm always happy when I can have other people pay for our infrastructure and that's what is happening"

In addition to the capital improvements proposed in the 2014 city budget, the city is also getting a new municipal building, a new fire station and park trails, which are all expected to be completed by next year.

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