By Karolyn Gephart
Pearland City Council held a public hearing, joint public hearing and a joint special meeting on Monday, September 9 beginning at 6:15 pm at City Hall in Council Chambers.
A public hearing on the proposed 2019 tax rate for the 2019-2020 Budget was held. This was the second and final public hearing on the tax rate. The first was September 3, 2019.
The property tax rate is split into two parts: operating and debt service. The proposed maximum operating tax rate is $0.306778, an increase of $0.0276 cents over the current year, and the proposed debt service tax rate is $0.434434, an increase of $0.04434 over the current year according to City officials. The tax rate is allocated to 59 percent debt service and 41% allocated to operations.
City officials report the operating part funds the wide variety of essential public services the City effectively and efficiently provides in Pearland’s growing community. Essential public services supported by property taxes include the police, fire, streets, traffic, parks, stormwater management, and general government functions.
The debt service funds the annual debt payments for capital improvements such as roads, drainage, parks and facilities.
In total, the proposed maximum tax rate of $0.741212 is $0.0321 higher than the current tax rate of $0.709158.
A homeowner’s property tax bill is based on appraised value and multiple taxing units such as school districts and MUD’s that charge varying tax rates.
Pursuant to truth-in-taxation laws, taxing units must hold two public hearings and provide for a publication stating the dates, time and place of the public hearings before adopting a property tax rate that exceeds the rollback rate or the effective tax rate, whichever is lower.
The proposed City maximum tax rate for the tax year 2019 of $0.741212 per $100 valuation is at the Rollback Rate, yielding a 3.0% increase over the effective rate. As such, the City of Pearland is required to hold two public hearings.
The first reading of the ordinance is scheduled for September 16, 2019 with the second and final reading scheduled for September 23, 2019.
The joint public hearing regarded approval of a zoning change from Business Park District to Planned Development on approximately 9.37 acres of land.
The joint special meeting centered around the approval of a Conditional Use Permit to allow an assisted living facility on 1.9 acres of land within the Neighborhood Service Zoning District.