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Galveston County
Reelect Kevin Obrien
Galveston County Commissioners Court
by Jim Guidry with photos by Juan Peña
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

photos by Juan PeñaGalveston County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize an application to the Department of Justice for an $80,215 Justice Assistance Grant, as well as an interlocal agreement with the cities of Texas City and Galveston.

“The cities of Texas City and Galveston, along with the County of Galveston, are disparate entities that are submitting one joint application for 2011 Justice Assistant Grant funding to the U.S. Department of Justice,” said the program narrative approved by the commissioners court.  “Representatives of the three entities have agreed to divide JAG into three equal portions.”

The commissioners court voted to contribute $62,160 to the Gulf Coast Center/Connect Transit as the local share for the Mall of the Mainland Park & Ride operation.

The commissioners court voted  to approve a request for waiver of $3,234.85 for the delinquent payment of taxes by Maravilla Owners Association, Inc.

“The claimant states they never received a bill at their address,” said Deputy Tax Assessor-Collector Ken Laird.  “Our office mailed the statements to the address on the account when 2010 statements were mailed.  The 2010 statement was returned labeled ‘undeliverable’.”

However, Cathie Bach, business manager for the homeowners association, explained that the property is a time-share condominium unit that was taken over by the HOA from the developer in 2005.

“While there are many owners of specific weeks at the property, this office has not received any tax statements,” she explained.

The commissioners court voted to continue the order prohibiting outdoor burning in all unincorporated areas of Galveston County.

All other agenda items were approved.  All votes were 5-0, except that Commissioner Patrick Doyle abstained on the sale of property under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.




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