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Town Hall to cover bond, sales tax proposals

January 8, 2019

League City residents will get a look at a proposed bond package at 6 p.m. Thursday at a town hall meeting.

This is the second of two public meetings the city has hosted at the Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, 400 W Walker St, League City.

The city is considering putting the general obligation bond initiative and/or a referendum for a ¼ cent increase in the sales tax rate on a May 2019 ballot, according to the city’s website.

In a recent online survey that closed Dec. 21, the city asked residents to provide feedback on various projects they think are needed, and city staff has presented City Council with a draft list of items for inclusion in the possible bond election, covering flood-control projects, traffic and mobility issues and a proposal for a 40,0000 square-foot library branch.

Other needs listed are for a new court building project, a new central fire station and an indoor gun range for the police department.

The city is at an 8 percent sales tax rate with 1.75 percent going to the city.

The property tax rate is 56.38 cents per $100 valuation. How much that could go up would depend on whether voter approval of a bond package is accompanied by approval for the sales tax increase.

As per statutory requirements, City Council has until Feb. 15 to call for the election.

yorozco@hcnonline.com

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