Council approves budget, tax rate, fee updates

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By Karolyn Gephart

 The Pearland City Council met for its regular meeting at City Hall September 23, 2019.

Pursuant to City Charter, Section 8.10, the budget shall be adopted no later than the last regularly scheduled council meeting in September.

The City Council had reviewed the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget through a series of budget discussions and held a public hearing on the budget on September 3, 2019. The First Reading of this Ordinance was passed on September 16, 2019.

After lengthy discussion, audience participation, and response to the comments made by members of the public, the budget was approved in a 4-3 vote. The budget can be reviewed at

Council thanked all who attended the  meeting and reminded the audience that budget discussions begin in February for the new year.

Council member Luke Orlando (Pos. 1) asked the audience to get involved.

“Let’s not wait until the  day we must approve the budget to bring suggestions for changes,”  Orlando said.. “I invite every voter to get involved and be part of the process. Send me ideas  and concerns now because it will be February very soon. Let’s start early and help make a budget. All budgets can improve. Be part of it.”

Council also held the second reading adopting a tax rate of $0.741212 and levying taxes for the use and support of the Municipal Government of the City of Pearland and providing for the interest and sinking fund of the taxable year 2019. The ordinance passed 5-2.

Council also approved the second reading of an ordinance amending non-development usage and service fees.

Due to H.B. 852, which passed during this year’s state legislative session, the City of Pearland was required to change the way residential construction permit fees are calculated.

Council approved the second and final reading of an ordinance amending development and permit fees. Also included in the updated fee schedule were amendments to specific fees which have been identified as not accurately accounting for the amount of time and staff that participate in such inspections.

Council approved a zoning change from Single-family Estate District to Single-family Residential in the 6700 block of McKeever Road (CR 100) as well as approving a Planned Development amendment to amend the base zoning from General Business to General Commercial and to permit outside storage within the district at 6301 Broadway Street.  Council also passed an ordinance approving a zone change from Single Family Residential District to General Business District on 2519 Broadway St.

Council discussed and failed to approve an ordinance at 1706 and 1722 Roy Road for a zoning change from Suburban Residential to Light Industrial District.

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