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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pearland City Council on Monday voted to reschedule the council’s September 12 regular meeting to September 19 in order to comply with the city charter and truth-in-taxation requirements for approval of the FY2011 Budget and tax rate.

“The public hearings on the tax rate are scheduled for September 6 and September 12, 2011,” City Manager Bill Eisen said. “Truth-in-taxation requires that there be at least 3 days between the 2nd public hearing and the vote on the tax rate. Since City Charter requires Ordinances to be read on regular meeting dates, one of the regular meeting dates in September needs to be changed in order to be compliant with both provisions.”

The city council tabled action regarding a resolution to increase property tax revenues by 1.64 percent and scheduling consideration of the proposed 2011 tax rate and public hearings regarding the tax rate.

The tax rate proposed for the city for 2011 is $0.6801 per $100 valuation, which exceeds the effective rate of $0.669125 by 1.64 percent.  Proposing a tax rate that exceeds the effective rate, or the amount to draw tax revenues equal to 2010, requires the city to hold two public hearing prior to adoption of the rate.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a contract with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP for collection services associated with delinquent fines and fees.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a $65,000 contract with Freese and Nichols, Inc. for engineering services associated with the unidirectional flushing modeling project. 

“Unidirectional Flushing is a technique used by water systems to efficiently flush water through distribution lines,” Public Works Director Danny Cameron said.  “It allows the water system operators to flush an area quickly and completely, with the smallest possible volume of water lost, and with a minimized chance for residents to experience loss of water pressure.

The city council voted unanimously to award a contract to Eastex Environmental Laboratory, Inc. for water and wastewater testing services.

The city council voted unanimously to award an $870,970 lease-purchase of capital equipment through Houston Community Bank.  The bank will finance the lease-purchase of an asphalt reclaimer, grapple truck, and fire pumper truck.

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




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