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Fort Bend County
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Fort Bend County
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to propose a total property tax rate of $0.453 per $100 valuation for the 2017 Tax Year.

The rate includes $0.364 per $100 valuation for the General Fund, $0.023 per $100 valuation for the Road & Bridge Fund, and $0.066 per $100 valuation for the Interest & Sinking Fund, which is used to make payments on the county's bonded indebtedness.

The proposed rate reflects a $0.005 reduction in the tax rate from 2016. The proposed rate does exceed the effective tax rate of $0.447383 per $100 valuation. Projected tax revenues for the rate total $286,122,993.

Commissioner Andy Meyers, who made the motion to set the proposed rate, noted that the rate is not a tax increase, though it was stated as an effective increase of 1.26 percent.

“On an apples and apples comparison, if you compare the actual taxes that our taxpayers paid last year and the actual taxes they paid this year, because this is a reduction of half a cent in all our tax rate, so we're reducing our tax rate, but if you make a simple apples to apples comparison... our taxpayers will actually pay less taxes to Fort Bend County,” Meyers said. Listen (5:38)

The commissioners court voted unanimously to schedule public hearings for September 13 and September 26 to receive comments regarding the proposed 2017 Tax Rate. The hearing on September 13 will be at 5:30 p.m. and the hearing on September 26 at 1 p.m.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to schedule public hearings for September 25 at 5:30 p.m. and September 26 at 1 p.m. for the proposed FY2018 Budget.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve a master service agreement between the Fort Bend County Parkway Toll Road Authority and ISI Contracting, Inc. to perform road and right-of-way maintenance services.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to publish a notice of intent to issue Certificates of Obligation in the amount of $6 million for the purpose of paying contractual obligations to enhance and improve energy efficiency.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to deny a request by Jerry Santana to waive penalty and interest totaling $2,585 on property taxes for Tax Year 2016.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve the proposed FY2018 salaries for Fort Bend County Elected Officials. Salaries Listing

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reject all bids and re-advertise for bids for a term contract for pressure-washing and sealing of various county buildings.

The commissioners court took no action regarding award of a contract for the construction of the FM 1093/Westpark Extension Phase II-A Project. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to negotiate terms for a waiver of the county's rights to seek injunctive relieve in connection with the county's participation in projects funded by the Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund related to the matter of litigation against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and Audi of America, LLC, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize litigation expenses in the matter of Fort Bend County vs. Remedy Interests, LLC, et al for Parcels 134, 135 and 136 related to the Greenbusch Road Mobility Bond Project, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize litigation expenses in the amount of $7,500 in the matter of Fort Bend County vs. Danny F. Marek, et al concerning FM 762/FM2759, crabb River Roady, Parcel 1, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize litigation expenses in the amount of $7,500 in the matter of Fort Bend County vs. Patsy Kutra AKA Patsy Marek, et al for Parcel 2 of the FM 762/FM 2759 Crabb River Road Project, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court took no action resulting from closed session discussions regarding the creation of county assistance districts.

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




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