By Karolyn Gephart
Two public hearings were held at the Friendswood City Council meeting Monday, Sept. 9 at City Hall in Friendswood.
The first public hearing was held to input regarding the Proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2020 General Operating Budget for the City of Friendswood.
City staff presented an overview of the budget development process, significant challenges and highlights of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. Also discussed were changes to the proposed budget since delivered on July 31, 2019.
Information included the following:
Total Revenues ~ $79.5M
Total Expenditures ~ $79.3M
General Fund Revenue ~ $30.1M
General Fund Expenses ~ $30.1M
Water & Sewer Fund Revenue -$19.7M
Water & Sewer Expenditures -$19.7M
The Proposed Budget was first delivered on July 31, 2019 with a budget work session that followed on August 5, 2019. Following the Proposed Budget Public Hearing on Sept. 9, a Public Hearing on Tax Rate will take place Sept. 23 and a Public Hearing on Tax Rate will be held Sept. 30.
Council authorized Special City Council meetings on Sept. 23 and 30 to discuss items related to the budget.
Budget & Tax Rate Adoption will be Oct. 7.
A second public hearing was held Sept. 9 for the following: Zone classification change request for a 4.2507 acre tract of land, Sun Meadow Subdivision, located at 2407 W. Parkwood Ave., Suite 108 (1,425 square feet), Friendswood, Galveston County, Texas, to change from Community Shopping Center (CSC) to Community Shopping Center/ Specific Use Permit (CSC/SUP) to allow NAICS Use #8131 Religious Organizations.
During the Council meeting that followed the public hearings, a special presentation was made of the 16th Consecutive Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by Roger Roeck-er, former City Manager and Past President of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT) and GFOAT Representa-tive to the Government Finance Officers Assoc.
The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award represents a significant achievement reflecting the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. This was presented to Katina Hampton, Rhonda Bloskas, Jennifer Walker and Emily Peltier.