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Fort Bend County
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy Fort Bend County
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to adopt the county's proposed FY2018 Budget.

The budget includes projected General Fund expenditures of $278,330,634, and debt service payments of $40,286,919, for a grand total of $365,469,033, when combined with all other funds. Budget (As Proposed)

The commissioners court voted unanimously to adopt a property tax rate of $0.453 per $100 valuation for the 2017 Tax Year.

Of the total rate, revenues from $0.364 per $100 valuation will fund general county expenditures, while revenues from $0.023 per $100 valuation will be dedicated to the Road & Bridge Fund, and revenues from $0.066 will be used for payments on the county's bonded indebtedness.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to approve 76 sites as countywide polling places for the November 7 Special and Joint Election. A minor change was made to adjust one voting location.

The commissioners court took no action regarding an item to rescind a previous action to transfer $17,500 to the fairgrounds for rental of air conditioning units. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The commissioners court took no action regarding the renewal of aircraft hull and liability insurance for the period of September 17, 2017 though September 17, 2018.

Commissioner James Patterson questioned the need for insurance on one of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office's aircraft as it was understood the older aircraft, a helicopter, was not to be flying.

After being informed that the aircraft was being used for flights in a secondary status, County Judge Robert Hebert said he was under the impression it was to be used for “spare parts” and said he would not support the item until he discussed the matter further with the sheriff.

“I'm going to vote against this, I don't care if both those planes sit on the ground, until Sheriff (Troy) Nehls comes in here and explains to me how he made this leap without advising the court,” Heber said. Listen (6:21)

The item was pulled from the agenda and will be considered at the next meeting.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to appoint George Lawrence as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 to fill the vacancy left by Judge Kenneth Cannata. Cannata has been appointed to serve as District Judge of the 458th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County.

Lawrence will serve in the position for the interim, but will not seek election to the seat.

The commissioners court praised both Cannata and Lawrence, who were present, for their service.

“He was a good JP, but he just did work that a lot of people wouldn't have taken on,” Heber said of Cannata. “Very difficult work, and I appreciate it, Judge.” Listen (3:43)

The commissioners court took no action regarding the authorization of the issuance of certificates of obligation. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to deny waiver requests by James Wade to waive penalty and interest on property taxes for properties at Dewflower Drive, Lucky Star Lane and Marquette Trail.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to reject all bids and re-advertise for Sheriff's Office Inmate Technology Systems.

The commissioners court voted 4-1, with Grady Prestage opposed, to approve a request by Langley Productions to film law enforcement activities while in the company of Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies for use in the COPS television program.

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

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to offer the appraised value of $79,299 for the waterway entry agreement to construct a roadway, with full credit of any amount paid out, regarding the matter of State of Texas and Fort Bend County vs. Dreamestate Group, LLC, et al concerning FM 762/FM 2759, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses in the amount of $7,500 regarding the matter of State of Texas and Fort Bend County vs. Wayne Marek, et al, concerning FM 762/FM 2759, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses in the amount of $7,500 regarding State of Texas and Fort Bend County vs. Lena M. Orlando, et al, concerning FM 762/FM 2759, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses in the amount of $7,500 regarding State of Texas and Fort Bend County vs. Bhakti Vishram Kuteer, LLC, et al, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses of $7,500 regarding State of Texas and Fort Bend County vs. Tuan Q. Tran, et al, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation costs in the amount of $7,500 regarding Fort Bend County vs. T.P . Fulshear Self Storage, LTD, et al, as discussed in closed session.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses of $7,500 regarding Fort Bend County vs. Hana Enterprise, LLC, et al, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses of $7,500 regarding Fort Bend County vs. Domala Ventures, LLC, et al, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county to incur litigation expenses of $7,500 regarding Fort Bend County vs. Robert B. Dinger, et al, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses of $7,500 regarding Fort Bend County vs. H. L. Fulshear Investments, LLC, et al, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses in the amount of $7,500 regarding Fort Bend County vs. Huang "Mary" Huang, individually and doing business as Katy Academy, et al, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses of $7,500 regarding State of Texas and Fort Bend County vs. Traugott Holdings, LLC, et al, as discussed in closed session.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize the county attorney to incur litigation expenses of $7,500 in the matter of Fort Bend County vs. Willow Fork Trees, LTD, et al, as discussed in closed session.

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




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