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School tax, budget set for FISD

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By NICOLE JONES The Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees on Aug. 12 Oked a total school tax rate of $1.2594 per $100 of assessed property value for fiscal year beginning Sept. 1. The total tax rate is a .1076 decrease from the current rate. Trustees at that meeting also approved …

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First-ever library gala sports 20s theme

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By NICOLE JONES A first-ever gala benefit for the Friendswood Public Library promises a roaring good time for guests 21 and up. “Speakeasy, Read Softly” is scheduled 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at the library, 416 S. Friendswood Drive. “It’s formal — it’s roaring 1920s style,”  says …

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November bond proposals detailed

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By NICOLE JONES City Council members acknowledged it more than once in recent weeks: The Nov. 5 bond election will be the largest in the city’s history. A bond election has been the subject of city council and staff conversation for the better part of a year, beginning in 2018 …

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Meetings to address budget, tax rate

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By NICOLE JONES The City of Friendswood will hold public hearings in September and October before adopting a budget and tax rate that will likely be unchanged from the current year. “Because we are proposing the current tax rate, an amount that may be slightly above the effective tax rate, …

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Tannos III among development highlights

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By NICOLE JONES The four-story development known as Tannos III in Friendswood will house up to 200 employees, Friendswood Economic Development Committee Chairman Skip Evans announced last week. Evans on Aug. 5 provided an update to city council, detailing the businesses receiving municipal grants. The Tannos III mixed use project …

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Drainage, transportation among bond proposals

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By NICOLE JONES Friendswood City Council on Monday opted to put an assortment of bond propositions before voters in November. An ordinance laying out specific propositions and amounts will be presented to city council at an Aug. 12 meeting for approval. Among the propositions, which were studied and recommended to …

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Public hearing on FISD tax rate Aug. 12 

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By NICOLE JONES A required public hearing on the Friendswood ISD tax rate and budget is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 12, at the regular board meeting. The 7 p.m. session takes place during the school board’s regular meeting at 402 Laurel Dr. The district is proposing a combined tax rate …

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Site plan for church on hold for now

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By NICOLE JONES Friendswood’s Planning and Zoning Commission has delayed recommendation of a site plan for a church set to be constructed on what is known the Whitcomb property on FM 528. “This is such a prime piece of property, we’ve got to get it right,” Planning and Zoning Commissioner …

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City’s mobility plan to include data, public input

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By Nicole Jones Feedback from Friendswood drivers is expected to factor into a future traffic plan extending into the year 2040, city officials say. A yet-to-be announced open house will highlight recommendations based on a recently commissioned traffic study. The study was compiled by an outside firm using 24-hour traffic …

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City of Friendswood hosts Bringing Back Mainstreet revitalization roundtable

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By Lynn Shigekawa Friendswood Public Library was the city site for a recent regional roundtable discussion held by Friendswood in partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC). HGAC members from the 13 county region attended a full house workshop in order to network about best practices, to learn what Friendswood …