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Our mission is to be the economic growth engine for Borger, Texas. We accomplish this through the retention and expansion of local businesses, the recruitment of outside businesses, and encouragement of community growth through tourism and cultural activities.
The Borger Economic Development Corporation and the Borger Chamber of Commerce both strive to help retain and expand local business.
The Borger Chamber of Commerce promotes its members, who pay a fee for Chamber’s services. By joining the Borger Chamber of Commerce, a business gains access to a thriving, local network of other businesses.
The Borger EDC is not member-based and there is no fee for the services offered by the Borger EDC. The Borger EDC can provides services such as financial incentives, business consultation, start-up business resources, and training and education to anyone interested in expanding or locating their business to Borger, Texas.
If you have a new business idea or are planning to expand your business, please call us at (806) 521-0027 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help you!
Complete and submit our online job application to be considered for employment.
The Fire Department offers several educational programs to the public.
For a list of local officials and staff and their contact information, please visit our Staff Directory.
Our Financial Transparency page shows audit documents as well as budget documents and public information requests.
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Certain businesses have been allowed to reopen. These businesses include:
In addition to the limitations listed, each reopened business must follow DSHS guidelines. We have provided those guidelines on this page.
The Governor’s changes go into effect at 12:01 AM on Friday, May 1st. That means that this Friday, listed businesses may reopen with the limitations and standards provided.
No! The Governor’s Executive Order GA-18 outlines steps to "Open Texas" but still directs every person in Texas to "except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same the same household."
No! Hair and nail salons, gyms, tattoo parlors and massage parlors, bowling alleys and entertainment venues remain closed.
The Governor’s new order will go through May 18th. At that time, the Governor and the Open Texas Task force will make decisions, based on data, what next steps will be taken. The governor indicated that if the trend remains positive, that capacity at reopened businesses could be increased to 50% and gyms, hair and nail salons and other businesses could be allowed to reopen.
State laws and local ordinances require you to have a permit for any construction project. These laws are designed to protect public safety and welfare by ensuring a project does not endanger you or the public.
There is a strong possibility that utility companies will refuse to provide water, sewer, trash, electric or gas service to your structure. Also, we will not issue a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance for your structure. Both of these documents are important when acquiring proper insurance coverage.
A permit provides proof to a buyer, insurance company, or anyone that your structure is building code compliant by way of an independent inspection process. If someone does not know your reputation or simply does not want to take your word for it, you have a way to prove you have followed all building codes in your construction projects. In addition to this, it is required by law.
Our Inspectors, along with our Code Enforcement Officer(s) and City Employees, cover every inch of their jurisdiction at some point in a typical week. Inspectors and Code Enforcement are generally assigned to specific areas, and are familiar with construction in their area. They will notice your structure and become suspicious when they are not called to your construction project for an inspection. We also work on citizen’s complaints.
If a builder refuses to work with our inspectors, a cease and desist order can be put on the building to stop the job completely. (This is an option of last resort. You will not receive a cease and desist order because you failed an inspection. By cooperating with our inspectors to make the necessary corrections your project can continue.) If the builder refuses to fix the problems listed on the cease and desist order AND continues to build the job anyway, the owner will be required to attend a court hearing. The end result of the hearing will be that the owner is in violation of the law and additional fees and penalties could be imposed by the court.
The City Permitting is a revenue neutral program. In other words, the money from your permit fee is only used to cover the operating costs of the program, not to fund any other projects.
State law requires jurisdictions to conduct all inspections and plan reviews with certified staff. Permit fees cover the costs to administer and house our knowledgeable, certified staff.
All permit fees are reviewed on an annual basis where they could increase or decrease depending on that year’s budget.
If your construction project is built incorrectly, it could damage surrounding structures and property. In addition to this, it is required by law..
Call the Planning and Development office at 1-806-273-0905 and let us investigate.
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The Transportation User Fee (TUF) is a fee assessed to residents and businesses, based on the traffic levels generated by each dwelling unit or business. TUF’s use a trip generation factor to classify customers into a rate category. Residential and low volume businesses generally receive a fixed flat rate category while other businesses and commercial operations receive a category based on their trip generation rate. Considering that a single-family residence normally only has one or two cars while a large box store parking lot attracts 100’s of cars per hour, a fee based on use produces a more equitable method of paying for the system. Since the box stores receives a greater benefit from the transportation system and causes more demand and wear and tear on the transportation system, they should pay a higher amount for improvement and maintenance.
Based on community feedback, street improvements received high priority in the Council’s 2018 Strategic Vision Session and became a strategic pillar for our community. .Investing and maintaining Borger’s streets and transportation infrastructure saves money in the long run. Citizens have been requesting better street maintenance and the City has been exploring options to dedicate additional funds for this purpose. More than $9 million of street maintenance has been identified and a method for the ongoing funding for the street and transportation system was needed. TUF funds are restricted and can only be used on the transportation system.
The TUF is projected to generate in excess of $540,000/annually which can only be spend on the the construction and maintenance of of the transportation system. The money will be support the repair of poor and high traffic streets (10th Street) rated streets, the maintenance (seal coating programs) for all streets, curb and gutter, and the repair and expansion of the sidewalk system.
The TUF will begin on October 1st, 2020 in line with the Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021 City Budget.
The ordinance creating the TUF provides a review period every three (3) years. At the end of each 3 year period, the City Council will receive a report on the projects funded through the TUF. and will be able to discontinue it if they feel it is no longer a benefit to the community.
The initial trip generation factor will based on type of use categories as defined by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Trip Generation Manual, 9th Edition. The City has categorized the trip index factors into 21 main categories. The categories combines similar businesses and assigns the lowest trip factor of the businesses in that category.
A trip factors, as defined by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Trip Generation Manual, 9th Edition, represents the number of trips anticipated to and from a property per its land use and established units. Based on the trip rate, The City groups businesses into tiers (rate categories). For each non-residential property, except lodging, schools, and outdoor recreation, the building area, in square foot, on the property will be multiplied by the appropriate trip factor from the trip factor index in to arrive at a monthly base trip rate. Properties fitting in the lodging, school, and outdoor recreation categories will calculate the monthly base trip rate of the property by multiplying the appropriate trip factor by the quantity of the unit specified in the trip factor index. The monthly base trip rate value will determine which tier the nonresidential property is classified. For each non-residential customer, the building area on the property will be multiplied by the appropriate trip generation rate (as determined by the zoning) to arrive at a value. This value will be compared to ranges that define whether the customer is Tier 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.
Residents who are within the City limits of Borger will be assessed a flat fee of $6 per month on their utility bills. Commercial customers who do not fit into a category or houses of worship will be charged a flat commercial rate of $8 per month. Other Commercial rates will be split into 6 tiers based on their trip rate with corresponding flat rates for each tier as follows:
Projects for the first year will include:
More information on FY 2020 - 2021 projects can be found by clicking here.
The City is also currently working on a 5 year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This program will lay out the capital projects, including street projects, for the next 5 years and will be updated each year there after. The document will be uploaded to our website to insure that everybody can see what is planned and when a project might be in your area. This will completed before October 1, 2021.
To help offset the cost of the Transportation User Fee and to help provide for dedicated funds for transportation maintenance and improvements, the Council was able to reduce the following fees:
In addition to the fee reductions, the City Council was able to approve a tax rate for FY 2020 - 2021 a little more than 2 1/2 cents below the FY 2019 - 2021 rate.