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Galveston City Council Workshop
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy G-TV
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Galveston City Council, during its workshop today, discussed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget and Capital Improvement Plan. Listen (24:21)

City Manager Brian Maxwell began the presentation – the “second run through” on the matter, according to him – by going over the budget timeline, which will culminate with the adoption of the budget and tax rate slated for September 28.

He explained the general fund changes, most notably the $2.38 million revenue growth compared with $2.6 million last week. The police and fire departments will see increases in their respective collective bargaining agreements, he said.

Maxwell mentioned that the special session of the state legislature is done on the Senate side with the House of Representatives next to convene. He and Mayor Jim Yarbrough spoke with Governor Greg Abbott regarding revenue caps.

“Nothing is in concrete at this point,” he said. “So we have to plan for the best and the worst, and we’re doing that with this budget.”

He added that while the current budget will not be affected, future budgets will be impacted.

Other major operating budget items include, but not limited to no rate increase in water and sewer funds in FY2018 and a nearly nine percent increase in the city’s employer contribution to employee health insurance.

Per Maxwell, the budget is looking “very positive.”

The city council also discussed scattered sites, the Broadway moratorium, a legislative debrief, changes to the city council policy manual, the University of Texas Medical Branch parking contract, and the East End Lagoon.

All members were present. Mayor Yarbrough departed after the General Land Office’s update on scattered sites. Workshop Agenda

Coverage of the Council's regular afternoon meeting will be published on Friday.

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