Last Tuesday, the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the City luncheon at the Knights of Columbus hall in Alvin, where Mayor Davison and Manvel City Manager Kyle Jung spent most of the time discussing how the city has grown in the last few decades.
“During the first part of the millennium, we were able to attract some beautiful rooftops developments and they have quickly filled. Now we are attracting more and they are filling too. We like to say that we want you to live, work, play and learn in Manvel,” Davison said.
She noted a 203 percent increase in population since 2016.
“In June 2015-16, Manvel has an estimated population of 10,0000. You will notice our city limit signs still says about 5,000 residents live here,” says Davison.
Kyle Jung discussed tax rate trends and the challenges the city faces in finding out way to keep up with the expenditures.
“We attracted the attention of developers and our tax rates have decreased while our assessed values show a rising trend. So far, we’ve been able to maintain this growth without debt. Because we are growing faster that our budget, we are now feeling that pressure. We’ll have more pressure to meet the standards our residents will expect of the city. We have to continue to deliver services and anticipate growth,” Jung explained.
Jung highlighted some of the city’s plans for the future including, capital improvement projects, residential and commercial development, expansion of the water plant and extension of utility and wastewater lines.