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League City City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy League City
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

League City City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2, with Hank Dugie and Dan Becker opposed, to adopt an amended motion to approve the city's FY2018 Budget, which included the addition of other projects as well as maintaining the property tax rate at $0.57 per $100 valuation.

The amended motion accepts Alternate No. 2 from the budget proposal, and language to add the Butler/Turner Project and the Palamino Expansion Project.

The budget includes total appropriations of $204,574,023, with $129,075,727 in operational expenditures and $75,708,465 in capital expenditures.

The move forward in proposing a property tax rate of $0.57 per $100 valuation would reduce the city's need to draw from the general fund reserves.

The vote came after lengthy discussion, with council members discussing the city's needs versus the effort to lower taxes. Listen (48:21)

Dugie had offered an amendment to approve Alternate No. 1, but the motion died for lack of a second.

Dugie then offered an amendment to proposed a property tax rate of $0.565 per $100 valuation, which failed by a vote of 2-5, with only Dugie and Keith Gross voting in favor of approval.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Larry Watts to the Civil Service Commission.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first and final reading, an amendment to the city's Code of Ordinances to place regulations on the installation of network nodes in the public right-of-way.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, an ordinance amending the Future Land Use Plan of the city's comprehensive plan.

The city council voted unanimously to name Susan Oyler as primary representative and Bo Bass as alternate to the Houston-Galveston Area Council Technical Advisory Committee.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Nick Long was absent. Agenda Supplemental

During the meeting, Mayor Pat Hallisey presented the Art Hewitt Volunteer Spirit Award to Beverly Williams and to Lieutenant Jason Couvillon, with the League City Fire Department. Listen (8:51)

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