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City Council to discuss budget on Monday

September 24, 2018

On Monday, Sept. 24, the Katy City Council will meet to discuss the 2018-19 proposed budget.

According to a notice from the city, “This budget will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by $1,089,145 or 9 percent, and of that amount $723,892 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year.”

Revenues are expected to be more than $28.4 million, up from $26.1 million in the current budget. Expenditures in the proposed budget are $28.4 million.

Among the highlights of the budget is a proposed 3 percent cost of living increase for city employees. The proposed tax rate of 0.48672 cents per $100 property valuation is unchanged from the previous year. Without exemptions, the tax on a $150,000 home would be $730.08 and on a $200,000 would be $973.44.

The City Council public hearing on the proposed 2018-19 budget will be held as part of the regular City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, at Katy City Hall, 901 Ave. C. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

By law, cities must have their budgets and tax rates adopted by Sept. 29.

Katy ISD meeting

The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet Monday, Sept. 24, in the Education Support Complex Board Room, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas 77494. The closed meeting will begin at 5 p.m. The open meeting will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

CDBG disaster funds

The city of Katy will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Katy City Hall, 901 Ave. C, regarding Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Round 1 Funding (Hurricane Harvey). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated Harris County $1.115 billion of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds. The city of Katy has been informed of a possible allocation of $3,653,207.

Chamber of commerce

Katy Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Tide Dry Cleaners, 2201 S. Mason Road, Suite 100, Katy. The grand opening will be 2-6 p.m. Visit https://katychamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/19907 to register for the event.

Military sendoff

Texans Embracing America’s Military is organizing a send-off for recruits headed into the military from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Second Baptist Church-West Campus, 19449 Katy Freeway. Visit www.facebook.com/TEAMKatyTx for information.

rkent@hcnonline.com

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