Dayton City Council met in regular session Monday night and voted to increase the property tax by 3.5%. This proposed rate which, while approved, is not in force until several more required steps are taken. A public hearing is set for September 14 at 6 pm in Dayton City Council Chambers. City Manager Theo Meloncon said before a tax rate can be locked in the budget must be approved and that step is yet to be taken. In other action, two new officers were sworn in for the Dayton Police Department. They are Greg Rodriquez and Jesus Villegas. Also presented during the meeting were Lifesaving Award Presentations to three other Dayton Police officers who responded to a call that came in to the Liberty County 911, of a motorcycle crash just outside the Dayton city limits. Dayton officers were near enough to render what turned out to be lifesaving aid to the injured motorcyclist. Those officers were Sergeant Kristen Seibert, Patrol Officer Chris Duos, and Patrol Officer Joe Myers. Dayton Chief of Police Rob Vine, in his presentation to council said the three officers were just moments away when the call came in reporting the motorcyclist had run off 1008 and was laying face down in a creek below a bridge. Officers: Joe Myers, Chris Duos along with Sgt. Kristen Seibert all went in Bowie Creek on FM 1008. Two held the victim’s head above water line and the other administered medical aid. Those three Dayton law enforcement personnel were honored Monday night for their heroic efforts in a crash that happened on Christmas Day, 2019.