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Galveston County
Galveston County Commissioners Court
by John David Suayan
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Galveston County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to order an $80 million bond election slated for November 7, 2017.

The overall referendum is divided into three propositions. Proposition A would provide $56 million for construction, maintenance and operation of roads in the county, including roads in the cities of Bayou Vista, Clear Lake Shores, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galveston, Hitchcock, Jamaica Beach, Kemah, La Marque, League City, Santa Fe, Texas City, and Tiki island. Proposition B would provide $18 million in funding for building or improving county buildings. Proposition C, $6 million, will fund flood control projects.

Prior to the vote, Port Bolivar resident Mary Ann Rogers addressed the commissioners court regarding what she perceived was the poor usage of tax dollars. Listen (15:50)

“In my mind, I thought that we voted in the best Republicans to take care of our budget,” said Rogers.

County Judge Mark Henry told her that the county is budget conscious.

“Your tax rate today is about what is was in the Year 2000,” said Judge Henry. “We’re set to deliver to you your seventh.”

The commissioners court voted 4-1, with Stephen D. Holmes opposed, to approve a resolution supporting property tax reform legislation.

The commissioners court voted 4-0-1, with Darrell Apffel abstaining, to award a bid for grounds maintenance from Kleen Kut Landscape.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve a space allocation request from the legal department to utilize space on the 5th floor of 722 Moody formerly allocated to Economic Development.

The commissioners court met in executive session, and voted unanimously to execute a writ of possession in the lawsuit styled County of Galveston v. Gulf Coast Rod, Reel and Gun Club, Inc.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present. Agenda

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