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Council sets public hearings for proposed tax rate

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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City Council approved almost all items on its Tuesday agenda, but opted to table a measure regarding the adoption of standards of care. The meeting included calling two public hearings on the proposed tax rate.

At its first meeting in the aftermath of flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Deer Park City Council unanimously approved all items on its agenda, but tabled an ordinance to adopt standards of care for the All Star Activity Program.

During a public hearing on the item at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting, no one came forward to speak for or against the standards of care. Council tabled the item after staff advised council action was not necessary.

Among the items approved on the agenda was awarding the bid for the Maxwell Center expansion project to Frost Construction in the amount of $1.551 million. The total budget for the project is $1.7 million, funded from Type B sales funds.

Council also unanimously authorized staff to apply for an accept a grant through the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division to purchase rifle-resistant body armor. The grant amount is for $23,410 to purchase 36 sets of the armor. Matching funds are not required.

In a record vote, council also authorized an increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll by proposing to adopt a tax rate of $0.720000 per $100 valuation at an upcoming meeting. This rate is $0.021654 above the effective tax rate, as calculated by City staff.

Council also approved public hearings on Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. Both of these are scheduled for Council Chambers at City Hall. In accordance with the City's planning calendar, which is based on the truth-in-taxation requirements, the meeting to adopt the tax rate would be on Monday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

In other business, council also approved the submittal of the 2017 Tax Roll and the calculation of Effective Tax Rate and Rollback Tax Rate; and an ordinance ratifying the Mayor’s Emergency Disaster Declaration from Aug. 25.

On Aug. 25 at 3 p.m., Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton issued a disaster declaration in response to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey. In the days that followed, Deer Park received between 45 and 55 inches of rainfall, with floodwaters damaging dozens of homes and businesses. Emergency operations over the past week have included rescuing residents from their vehicles on flooded roadways, placement of portable pumps to prevent additional structural flooding, and emergency debris removal to ensure that the drainage system remained clear and the roadways remained passable by emergency responders.

The community also helped support an emergency shelter for displaced residents of neighboring communities. The Emergency Disaster Declaration period ended Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. Of note, the City soon will seek Public Assistance financial reimbursement from FEMA.

Following the action items, Deer Park City Council and Mayor Jerry Mouton heartfully thanked the city’s employees, directors and first responders for their work to keep the city operational as it felt the brunt of floodwaters associated with Hurricane Harvey.

They expressed their thankfulness for the area’s churches and citizens uniting to help each other as well as complete strangers recover and rebuild as they days progressed.