The Prosper City Council handed out multiple awards and approved various details of the new budget planned to begin Oct. 1 at its latest bi-weekly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The meeting began with a presentation given to members of the Preston Ridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, officially declaring Sept. 17-23 as “Constitution Week.” Among awards given was a Gold Achievement Award to the town of Prosper for a “Fit-Friendly Worksite,” awarded by representatives from the American Heart Association.

Wrapping up the opening presentations that took place before addressing the regular agenda was a certificate of achievement for excellence given to Prosper’s finance division. The group has now been given the award seven years in a row.

“The certificate recognizes the town’s efforts to go above and beyond in financial recording,” Mayor Ray Smith said. “It demonstrates a spirit of transparency and full disclosure to communicate the town’s financial scores.”

The finance team is led by director Kelly Neal, who spoke at the podium to go over multiple areas of the budget which were all unanimously approved. The most notable approval was an 8.45-percent raise in property tax and a slight raise on water and sewer expenses, marking the first time they have been bumped in the past four years.

Council member Michael Korbuly, as well as two citizens of Prosper, spoke out to thank the finance department for their work in creating the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

“It’s amazing where we’ve gone,” Korbuly said. “I remember what our CIP used to look like. Thank you to everybody who’s helped. It’s amazing how you’re able to bring it to use in such a nice, detailed format.”

Later on, the council passed a proposal to add an extension to the Whitley Place Trail. They also passed an inspection program to be implemented for multi-family homes and complexes to help make improvements on things such as broken gates, air conditioning units and other maintenance issues.