Financial considerations top Katy, Fulshear, county agendas: 5 things to know for Sept. 9-15

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Financial considerations are on the agenda this week for most of the municipalities with authority over the Katy area. Katy will hold a public forum to discuss possible uses for federal grant funding from Fort Bend County. Fulshear and Fort Bend County will be considering their 2019 proposed budgets on Tuesday. Harris County is considering a contract for road marking and moving around the region should be easier now that officials have opened the Spring Green Boulevard Roundabout. Here are five things Katy residents should be aware of this week:

1. The city of Katy will hold a public meeting to discuss the use of Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery funds.

The city will host a meeting to allow residents, businesses, service providers and nonprofits to provide input on the needs of those who have still not fully recovered from the effects of the 2016 Tax Day Floods. The meeting will be heldat 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at Katy City Hall, 901 Ave. C, Katy.

2. The Fulshear City Council will hold two public hearings during a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The council will meet at the Irene Stern Center, located at 6920 Katy Fulshear Road in Fulshear to discuss the upcoming year’s proposed budget and property tax rate. The $10.6 million budget proposal expects a raise in revenue from property taxes compared to the prior year’s budget of about 16.5 percent. The proposed effective property tax rate for the city is $0.150473 per $100 valuation. Residents who are unable to attend the hearings in-person may view live video of the meetings at this link.

3. The Harris County Commissioners Court will hold its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Several contracts are on the agenda for the commissioners to consider, including a $500,000 contract with Stripes & Stops Company, Inc. for road marking services in Precinct 3, which includes the Katy area. The meeting will take place at 1001 Preston Ave., Ste. 938 in Houston.

4. The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday to consider approval of the county’s 2019 proposed budget.

The commissioners court will consider approval of the county’s proposed $373.5 million budget. Highlights of the budget include more than $34 million in funding for the detention operations of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department and $18 million for library operations. The meeting will be held at 501 Jackson St., Richmond.

5. The Spring Green Roundabout is now fully open just south of the city of Katy at the intersection of Spring Green Boulevard and Katy Flewellen Road.

Fort Bend County officials opened the $4.4 million traffic circle on Sept. 7. Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert and precinct three commissioner Andy Meyers were on hand for the formal ribbon cutting. Meyers said he expects that, once residents are used to the roundabout, they will appreciate the added mobility it offers.

For more detailed coverage of the ribbon cutting click here.

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R. Hans Miller
R. Hans Miller joined the Community Impact team in June 2017. He is a recent graduate of Texas State University's College of Journalism and Mass Communication, a U.S. Army veteran, husband and father. He is originally from Montana. He has written for VoiceBox Media and the San Marcos Daily Record, among others. He covers city government, emergency services, local business development and other topics for the Katy area.
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