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Tax rate, public hearings on short council agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council will hold its regular meeting Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will open with a public hearing regarding the city adopting a standards of care for the All Star Activity Program. After the public hearing, council will move on to a short regular meeting agenda.

As the city moves forward after Hurricane Harvey, Deer Park City Council will hold its first regular meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. There is no workshop scheduled for the evening.

The evening begins with a public hearing regarding the standards of care for the city’s All Star Activity Program. Later in the evening, council will take action on the results of the hearing, which must meet the minimum standards of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care.

Council will also take action on 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.

Also on the evening’s agenda is action on applying for an accepting 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.

Council’s agenda also includes authorization to 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. Because the proposed rate exceeds the effective tax rate, there are several steps the City Council must follow to adopt this rate. Initially, with this step Council must vote to place a proposal to adopt the rate on the agenda of a future meeting, specifying the rate in the process. For 2017, other steps will include holding 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 will also take action on 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.