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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Houston City Council today voted 13-3, with Brenda Stardig, Michael Kubosh, and Mike Knox opposed, to approve an ordinance providing for the assessment, levying and collection of ad valorem taxes for the city for the year 2018.

With the move, the city council adopts the proposed overall tax rate of $0.588310 on each $100 of taxable value must be apportioned between Maintenance and Operations and the Interest and Sinking Fund. Item Summary

City Controller Chris Brown fielded questions from the city council prior to the vote. Listen (29:07)

The city council voted unanimously to approve an advanced funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for building improvements at the Houston TranStar Center.

The city council voted unanimously to approve an additional appropriation to an existing contract with Transcore ITS, LLC to be used for TIGER Grant's professional engineering services.

The city council voted unanimously to appropriate $2,997,500 out of the Water and Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund and award a three-year contract, with two one-year options to Accurate Meter & Backflow LLC on its low bid meeting specifications in an amount not to exceed $3,060,000 for commercial meter replacement services for Houston Public Works.

The city council did not take action on the following two items:

  • Ordinance appropriating $945,000.00 out of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Fund and approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and I & I Software, Inc. for an Information Management System for the Housing and Community Development Department, pulled from the agenda.
  • Ordinance consenting to the addition of 489.21 acres of land to Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 449, for inclusion in its district, delayed for a week.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Greg Travis absent. Agenda



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