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Harris County
Houston City Council
by John David Suayan
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Houston City Council on Wednesday voted 12-3, with Greg Travis, Jack Christie, and Michael Kubosh opposed, to place the proposed 2018 tax rate of $0.638750 per $100 of value on the agenda for the October 18, 2017 regular meeting as recommended by the finance director. Item Summary

Prior to the meeting, the city council will hold three public hearings on the proposed tax rate on September 26 at 6 p.m., October 3 at 6 p.m., and October 11 at 9 a.m.

The proposed tax rate exceeds the effective tax rate of $0.600480 per $100 valuation, and would therefore increase revenues compared to the previous fiscal year, based on existing properties on the tax roll. Of the total $0.638750 per $100 valuation, revenues from $0.474767 per $100 valuation would fund the city's maintenance and operation, while revenues from the remaining $0.163983 would be dedicated to payments on the city's bonded indebtedness.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint J. Kent Friedman as chair of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Ed Taravella to the Board of Directors of Reinvestment Zone Number One.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor’s appointment of Filiberto “Beto” Cardenas and reappointment of Roger Stephens and Jose Devora to the Boiler Code Review and Licensing Board.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor’s reappointment of Tony L. Council and D. Wayne Klotz to the Coastal Water Authority Board of Directors.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor’s appointment of David Kinder and Dina Alsowayel and reappointment of Mindy Hildebrand, Nina Zilkha, Barron F. Wallace, Diana Espitia, Steven J. Gibson, and Don M. Woo to the Houston Parks Board LGC, Inc.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor’s appointment of Adrian Garcia to the Board of Directors of Reinvestment Zone Number Fourteen.

The city council voted unanimously to appropriate $4.9 million out of the Contributed Capital Project Fund for various council district service projects.

The city council took no action on the following four items:

  • PD Bayou City Lawn Investments, LLC - $1,393,611.88 and Professional Turf Products, LP - $562,386.83 for Toro, Kohler and Kawasaki Tractor and Mower Replacement Parts and Repair Services for the Fleet Management Department, tagged by Amanda Edwards.
  • Amend Motion #2016-0526, 10/26/16, to increase award to purchase additional vans through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard) for Various Departments, awarded to Silsbee Ford, Inc. from $424,354.33 to $444,337.78; Caldwell Automotive Partners LLC, d/b/a Caldwell Country Chevrolet, LLC from $175,370.00 to $186,996.00; Cowboy Dodge from $201,840.01 to  $209,370.01, tagged by Edwards.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing first amendment to agreement between the City of Houston and Rescued Pets Movement, Inc. (Approved by Ordinance No. 2015-0665 approved July 8, 2015) for Animal Transport Operations, pulled from the agenda.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing Professional Services Contract between the City of Houston and the Brainfuse, Inc. for Live Homework Assistance Services, pulled from the agenda.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Steve Le and Dwight Boykins absent. Agenda

At his press conference following the meeting, Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke about the 2018 tax rate. To watch the press conference in its entirety, Click Here

The meeting began around 12 p.m. because the mayor and council members attended the funeral of Houston Police Sergeant Steve Perez, who perished during Hurricane Harvey.

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