Katy City Council discusses creation of capital improvement fund

Katy City Council members discussed the creation of a capital improvement project fund at the Oct. 12 special City Council meeting. (Screenshot of Oct. 12 Katy City Council meeting via Zoom)
Katy City Council members discussed the creation of a capital improvement project fund at the Oct. 12 special City Council meeting. (Screenshot of Oct. 12 Katy City Council meeting via Zoom)

Katy City Council members discussed the creation of a capital improvement project fund at the Oct. 12 special City Council meeting. (Screenshot of Oct. 12 Katy City Council meeting via Zoom)

Katy City Council members discussed the creation of a capital improvement project fund at their Oct. 12 special City Council meeting.

Council members had a lengthy discussion about how the fund would be set up and the projects it would focus on.

"What I caution in budgeting for this is don't budget all the money because next year, a very urgent item might pop up, and we are going to wish that we didn't spend money," City Finance Director Andrew Vasquez said.

Council members agreed to meet individually with Vasquez to ensure each member thoroughly understands the process to implement a capital improvement project fund before reconvening as a group for a workshop to discuss what the implementation might look like.

"I would say [each council member should] talk to Andy one on one before the workshop and then it would be a lot less confusing when everybody gets in there," Mayor Bill Hastings said. "[So that at the workshop,] we're not having to answer questions, we're just giving our thoughts and feelings and finding a resolution."


Council Member Frank O. Carroll tagged the agenda item, which moves it to the next regular City Council meeting.

"If we prepare it properly, it'll be set to do work for the taxpayers and improve their city," Council Member Durran Dowdle said. "It's nothing other than that. It's long-range planning."
By Nola Valente
A native Texan, Nola serves as reporter for the Katy edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She studied print journalism at the University of Houston and French at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in France. Nola was previously a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem, Israel covering Middle East news through an internship with an American news outlet.