Council to convene on Sept. 14

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Friendswood City Council will convene on Sept. 14 to discussing business such as ongoing bond projects, as well as the budget and tax rate for the coming year.

Usually held on the first Monday of the month, the meeting was rescheduled due to the Labor Day holiday.

Among topics expected to be brought up are construction plans for the city’s new fire station near the Public Safety Building. A number of meetings between the city’s Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Marshal’s Office and the architect of the new station have taken place during the year as the plans have unfolded. City staff intends to present these plans to council for its feedback before the project is bid in October.

The council hears updates on ongoing city projects, including the current park and library expansion, from staff during its regular meetings.

Meanwhile, final adoption of the $49.5 million budget is set for Oct. 5. City Council began addressing the total budget in a workshop Aug. 3.

“That seems like a big number, $49.5 million,” Administrative Services Director Cindy Edge explains. “That’s our total budget. That’s the water and sewer funds, all of our bond funds, all of our debt service funds, everything we have.”

The largest source of revenue, 36 percent, is property taxes.

Rising property values and new construction have pushed down the effective tax rate, estimated at .5451 cents per $100 of assessed value – nearly 5 cents less than the current rate of .5914.

Based on this, maintaining the current tax rate would bring in an additional $1.4 million.

However, the proposed budget is based on the effective, or lower, rate.

City Council meets at City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood. Agendas are posted 72 hours in advance on the city’s website, www.friendswood.tx.us.

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