Council To Schedule Tax Hearings

September 14, 2009

A resolution calling two public hearings on a possible tax increase for property owners in West University Place is on the agenda of the West U City Council meeting Monday, September 14.

The City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the resolution, which proposes that two public hearings be held — on October 12 and 19 — regarding a possible tax rate of 37 cents per $100 of property valuation for the next fiscal year. West U’s current tax rate is 33.8 cents per $100 of property valuation.

In memos explaining the resolution, City Finance Director Rhonda Dougherty stressed that the council’s adoption of the resolution calling for the hearings is “NOT” the adoption of a tax rate.

But, she also explained that the hearings are needed, “since it is unlikely that the City will be able to adopt a tax rate that is at or below” the current tax rate.

The City Council has not started consideration of the 2009 fiscal year budget, and will hold public hearings on the budget before it is scheduled for consideration in late October.

The council’s busy agenda also includes consideration of the acceptance of a $1 million donation from the Friends of West University Parks Fund Inc., for the construction of the new West U Rec Center.

The Friends group responded to a 2004 challenge from former West U Mayor Linda Lewis and her husband, Phil. Their Lewis Charitable Foundation pledged a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $500,000, for the new recreation center. The challenge was met in 2007.

The City Council will consider authoring the use of the $1 million for construction at the Rec Center.

The council also is scheduled to consider using $287,633 in insurance benefits from the Texas Municipal League for parks and recreation projects. The Rec Center, the Colonial Park pool area and the Community Service Center sustained damage from the storm last year.

And, the council is scheduled to consider whether to expand two city boards from nine to 11 members. The council will consider an ordinance change that would expand the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, as well as the Recycling and Solid Waste Reduction Board.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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