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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pasadena City Council, in a special meeting on Tuesday, voted unanimously to maintain a property tax rate of $0.575388 per $100 valuation for the 2017, on first reading.

The city council had initially proposed a property tax rate of $0.584259 per $100 valuation. However, at the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Jeff Wagner read a statement that the council would consider maintaining the 2016 tax rate, as opposed to a tax increase. Wagner said the reconsideration came after the two public hearings held on the matter, and the disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey, which struck in September. Listen (0:52)

The city council voted unanimously to amend the first reading of the ordinance to reflect the tax rate of $0.575388 per $100 valuation.

Council members spoke in favor of the reduced rate prior to voting. Listen (5:25)

“I don't support tax increases, and I think that we should be able to control our budgets without tax and spend, spend and tax,” Council Member Thomas Schoenbein said.

Council Member Felipe Villarreal also supported the rate, noting that several members in his district are “underprivileged.”

“I'm very, very happy that this turned out the way it is,” he said, stating that the rate would be “better for the city.”

A second reading will be held on October 17 for final adoption of the tax rate.

The city council voted unanimously to deny a motion to nominate Mike Sullivan for election to the Harris County Appraisal District Board of Directors.

Several members spoke against Sullivan's nomination.

“I think we should appoint someone from Pasadena to represent Pasadena, “ Council Member Cody Ray Wheeler said. Listen (4:55)

Council Member Sammy Casados echoed Wheeler's statements, and questioned Sullivan's eligibility to serve on the board, as Sullivan had served in elected office until 2016, and said a requirement calls for a nominee to be out of office for four years at a minimum.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint representatives and alternates to the Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly and Board of Directors for 2018.

Council Member Cary Bass was selected to serve as representative to the General Assembly and delegate to the Board of Directors.

Council Member Phil Cayten was selected to serve as representative to the General Assembly and alternate to the Board of Directors.

Council members Don Harrison and Thomas Schoenbein were selected to serve as alternates to the General Assembly.

No other action items were on the agenda. All members were present. Agenda

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