From property tax rates to Hurricane Harvey relief programs, residents can stay in the know with these important happenings taking place in the Richmond area:

1. Richmond approves property tax rate, 2017-2018 budget
At a meeting Sept. 18, city commissioners approved the 2017 property tax rate, which is set at 71 cents per $100 valuation. The new rate will see a 3.4 percent decrease from last year’s rate of 73.5 cents. The adopted proposed annual operating budget is set at $25,682,464. The general fund budget is set at $15,352,917, according to a report from the city’s finance department.

2. Red Cross begins financial assistance program for Harvey victims
As of Sept. 21, the American Red Cross has enacted a financial assistance program for residents affected by Hurricane Harvey, according to a press release from the city. Residents can receive up to $400 in assistance through the program. Applications must be completed at

3. Drinking water changes underway
The city’s drinking water is currently changing its disinfectant from chlorine to chloramines to comply with federal law as the city transitions to legislatively mandated surface water.

“This change is intended to benefit customers by reducing the levels of disinfection byproducts (DBP’s) in the system, while still providing protection from waterborne disease,” a press release from the city stated.

People dependent on dialysis machines are encouraged to completely remove traces of the disinfectant to avoid hemolytic anemia, according to the release.

“Medical facilities should also determine if additional precautions are required for other medical equipment,” the release stated.

The disinfectant is safe for animals but residents with fish tanks are advised to make sure filters are designed for use in water treated with chloramines.

For more information, contact the city of Richmond Public Works at 281-342-0559.

4. City on final round of mosquito spray
The city will make another round of mosquito spraying Tuesday, Sept. 26 after dusk. Residents are encouraged to continue to remove any remaining standing water from their properties.

5. City offices close Friday, Sept. 29
City Hall and the city of Richmond will be closed Friday, Sept. 29 for a city holiday for employees. The 81st Annual Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo will start with the city’s parade Friday, Sept. 29 in downtown Richmond at 401 Jackson St.