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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to accept the 2010 certified appraisal roll for properties within the city that fall in Brazoria County.

The certified tax roll for Pearland includes a total net taxable property value of $5.829 billion, including an allowance for properties still under protest. 

"The certified roll represents an increase of $34 million over the latest 2009 adjusted roll," City Manager Bill Eisen said.  "Of this increase, $151.7 million is due to new value offset by $117.7 million in revaluation loss on existing residential and commercial properties.  Based on information received by the appraisal district, average residential value, including new property, has remained flat."

Pearland also has land within Harris and Fort Bend counties within its city limits.  Certified tax rolls from the two counties has yet to be made available, according to Eisen.

The city has proposed a tax rate of $0.6651 per $100 valuation for the 2010 tax year.  The rate would not exceed the effective tax rate of $0.668758 nor the rollback rate of $0.693651.

The effective rate is the tax rate that would provide revenues to the city equal to that of the previous budget year.  Adoption of a rate higher than the rollback rate would allow citizens to petition for a rollback election to "roll back" the tax rate to a lower amount.

The city council took no action on a resolution to place consideration of the proposed 2010-2011 tax rate on the agendas of the September 13 and September 27 council meetings.

The city council voted unanimously to place consideration of the proposed 2010-2011 budget on the agendas of the September 13 and September 27 council meetings.

The city council voted 4-1, with Felicia Kyle opposed, to approve a request for the city to join the Greater 288 Partnership. 

According to the partnership's web site, the organization was formed this year to "address a regional need for an action-oriented and unified advocacy organization focused on current and future infrastructure issues". 

The Greater 288 Partnership was founded by former Pearland City Council Member Kevin Cole and current City Council Member Woody Owens. 
Greater 288 Partnership Web Site

The city council took no action regarding renewal of a contract with Wells Fargo Bank for bank depository services.

The city council voted unanimously to temporarily suspend the proposed annexation of land in "Area 5" of the city.  The suspension will allow for further analysis of the impact of the annexation on land use in the area.

Area 5 includes a total of 546 acres south of Hastings Field Road to Hastings Cannon Road and east of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad tracks.

The city council voted unanimously to temporarily suspend the proposed annexation of land in "Area 6" of the city, also for analysis of the impact of the annexation on land use in the area.

The total land considered for annexation in Area 6 is 1,473 acres.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  All members were present.  Agenda




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