Mayor Tom Reid’s State of the City address at the Pearland Chamber of Commerce luncheon focused on the growth and leadership of the city.
“If you’re talking about growth, you also have to be talking about leadership because growth is one thing … but if you have quality leadership, that makes a big difference,” Reid said.
Reid commented on how much the city has grown since 1965, the year he moved to Pearland. Then, the city population hovered around 3,000, Reid said. Pearland’s population stood at 113,570 in 2016, according to the United States Census Bureau.
“We’ve grown in a significant but also very positive and very constructive way,” Reid said.
Reid also addressed capital projects including renovations at City Hall, Tom Reid library, and major transportation projects, including Bailey Road and McHard Road.
Reid discussed the city’s budget and tax rate, which currently stands at $0.685059 per $100 of valuation.
“Doing a budget during Harvey was not an easy thing to do. Both of them came at difficult times. But we managed,” Reid said.
The luncheon was held on Feb. 8 at First Church of Pearland, located at 1850 Broadway St., Pearland.