Shenandoah council adopts $8.5 million operating budget, lowers FY 2017-18 property tax rate

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Shenandoah City Council unanimously approved several items during the regular Sept. 13 meeting, including the city’s fiscal year 2017-18 operating budget and property tax rate.

All council members were present during the meeting. Here are a few things residents may have missed:

1. The council unanimously adopted an $8.5 million operating budget for FY 2017-18.
The council first began discussing the FY 2017-18 budget during a three-day workshop, Aug. 2-5, and has since continued to discuss amendments to the proposed budget during subsequent council meetings.

The $8,538,649 budget is an increase from the $8,385,633 budget adopted in FY 2016-17.

The budget includes a general fund surplus of $117,967, a special revenue fund (hotel/motel) surplus of $339,291 and a water/sewer fund surplus of $158,793.

The budget was approved with amendments previously discussed by council members, as outlined in the Sept. 13 Shenandoah City Council agenda packet.

2. The council unanimously lowered the FY 2017-18 property tax rate.
The budget includes a property tax rate of 20.99 cents per $100 valuation, which is lower than the effective tax rate of 21.08 cents per $100 valuation.

The property tax rate in Shenandoah has consistently been either unchanged or lowered by the council every year since 2004. The FY 2016-17 property tax rate was set at 22.95 cents per $100 valuation.

3. The council unanimously approved water service rate changes.
The water service rate changes include a Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District fee increase from 6 cents to 7.5 cents per 1,000 gallons effective Oct. 1, and another increase from 7.5 cents to 10.5 cents per 1,000 gallons effective Jan. 1.

The approved changes also include a Groundwater Reduction Plan fee decrease from 60 cents to 55 cents per 1,000 gallons effective Oct. 1.

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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a full-time reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. She covers business, transportation, health care and other local news, specializing in Shenandoah City Council and Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.
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