Katy City Council announces public hearings to discuss proposed 2019-20 tax rate, budget

Katy Police Chief Noe Diaz recognized four officers for saving a life at the Aug. 26 Katy City Council meeting.

Katy Police Chief Noe Diaz recognized four officers for saving a life at the Aug. 26 Katy City Council meeting.

At the Aug. 26 meeting, Katy City Council announced when it will hold public hearings to discuss the 2019-20 proposed tax rate and budget.

The public hearings on the tax rate will be held 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Katy City Hall, 901 Avenue C, Katy. A figure for the rate was not discussed. Additionally, a public hearing for the proposed 2019-20 budget will be held 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Katy City Hall.

At the Aug. 26 meeting, council also approved of final plats for three sections of Cane Island with a total of 133 lots and $50,000 to fund the establishment, improvement or maintenance of the convention center or visitors information center.

Before going into a closed executive session, Katy Police Chief Noe Diaz recognized four officers for responding to an emergency scene in July and saving a life, and four officers received a life-saving award.

Upon resuming the open meeting, council members voted to extend the contract with Byron J. Hebert to serve as city administrator until Sept. 30, 2022. The contract goes into effect Oct. 1.

Hebert was first appointed as the city administrator in April 2014, according to the city of Katy's website. He also served as the city's finance director between 2000-2014.

During council members’ reports, councilwoman Janet Corte highlighted efforts made by the city of Katy to keep the community safe from flooding since Harvey, including buying new rescue equipment, adopting stricter building codes for detention ponds for new development, cleaning ditches and installing drainage pipes.

“This is a lot we’ve done in two years,” Corte said. “The people who were on city council before us, and the people on this council deserve a lot of credit. I just kind of wanted people to stop and think about where we were two years ago and how far we’ve come. I’m really proud to call Katy my home.”
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