The Joshua City Council called a special election on Nov. 23 for the open mayor seat during Thursday night’s meeting.   

After two months in office, Mayor Kenny Robinson resigned with the city on Aug. 19. He was sworn in in June after winning against former mayor, Joe Hollarn, who was seeking his fourth term. 

City Manager Josh Jones said residents will have until 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at Joshua City Hall to file for the seat. 

In other news, the council set two public hearings for the proposed 2019-20 budget and tax rate during Thursday night’s meeting. 

The hearings will be on Sept. 10 and 16, with the council considering approving the budget and tax rate during Sept. 19’s regular meeting. The council proposed the tax rate of $0.775270 per $100 of value. 

The council also approved the 2019-20 contract with the Johnson County Emergency Services District No. 1 with a contact of $153,000, compared to $141,000 last year. 

The ESD is charged with providing fire protection services to county cities and areas with the exception of Cleburne and Burleson. To do so they have historically contracted with the fire departments in Johnson County cities and/or individual fire departments such as Bono or Briaroaks on a yearly contract basis.

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