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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to adopt, on final reading the city's FY2018 Budget, including $78,715,518 in projected General Fund expenditures.

The budget includes a 2 percent cost of living adjustment for employees, the hiring of an additional two police officers, new firefighters and three additional support staff for the police department.

The budget projects revenues totaling $79,070,435 for the General Fund, leaving excess funds of $354,917. The end of year balance is estimated to total $12,451,683.

Also included in the budget is $48,819,332 in expenditures for the city's Water and Sewer Fund. Revenues are anticipated to total $49,499,057 in the fund.

Capital projects in the budget total $84,917,146.

Expenditures budgeted in all other funds total $69,844,366, of which $35,752,862 is for payments on the city's bonded indebtedness.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt, on final reading, a property tax rate of $0.685059 per $100 valuation for the 2017 Tax Year.

The adopted rate exceeds the effective tax rate by 2.7 percent, and an increase of $0.003859 per $100 valuation over the 2016 Tax Year rate of $0.6812.

Of the total tax rate, revenues from $0.255059 per $100 valuation will fund support of operations and maintenance of the city, while revenues from the remaining $0.43 will be used to make payments on the city's bonded indebtedness.

The city council took no action regarding the annexation of approximately 14.7 acres of land at the southeast corner of the Pearland Parkway and Hughes Road by the Harris-Brazoria Counties Municipal Utility District No. 509. The item was postponed.

The city council voted 4-2, with Tony Carbone and Woody Owens opposed, to approve, on final reading, issuance of a conditional use permit to allow a liquor/package store in the General Business Zoning District at 2708 Pearland Parkway.

The city council voted 5-1, with Keith Ordeneaux opposed, to approve, on final reading, an ordinance amending provisions of the Unified Development Code regarding lumber mills/yards, open air markets, transfer stations and exemptions of tree farms and nurseries.

The city council voted 5-0, with Derrick Reed away from the table, to approve, on final reading, issuance of a conditional use permit to allow for a gasoline station in the General Business District at 3201 Pearland Parkway.

The city council voted unanimously to nominate Heather Zayas for election to the Fort Bend County Appraisal District.

The city council voted unanimously to nominate Mike Sullivan for election to the Harris County Appraisal District. Sullivan would replace Ed Heathcott, who is not seeking re-election.

The city council voted unanimously to nominate Rubye Jo Knight for election to the Brazoria County Appraisal District.

The city council voted 4-2, with Carbone and Owens opposed, to award a contract to Maldonado Nursery and Landscaping, Inc. for landscape maintenance services.

The contract is for an estimated total of $999,937.

The city council took no action resulting from executive session discussions regarding appointments to boards and commissions and the purchase, lease or exchange of real property.

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




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