Increasing water rates, annual budget votes: 4 things to know in Conroe and Montgomery this week, Aug. 21-25

The 2016-17 Montgomery County Commissioners Court, from left: James Noack, Jim Clark, Judge Craig Doyal, Mike Meador and Charlie Riley

The 2016-17 Montgomery County Commissioners Court, from left: James Noack, Jim Clark, Judge Craig Doyal, Mike Meador and Charlie Riley

There are a lot of meetings in Conroe, Montgomery and Willis this week, Aug. 21-25, from Montgomery County Commissioners Court to city council meetings.

Here is what you need to know to start the week:

Montgomery County Commissioners Court meets Tuesday morning

Montgomery County Commissioners Court meets at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22 to consider and potentially approve several agenda items, including approving ordinance changing polling locations for the Nov. 7 Montgomery County elections for Precincts No. 23 and 25, as well as consolidating voting precincts across the county. Commissioners will also consider the demolition of two properties that are abandoned and deemed “unsafe or unlivable,” located at 10246 Royal Ramsey and 2545 Jeffcote Road. Click here to view the entire agenda. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. Alan B. Sadler Commissioners Court Building, 501 N. Thompson Street, Ste. 402, Conroe. 936-756-0571. www.mctx.org

Willis City Council meets Tuesday evening

Willis City Council members meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 to consider several agenda items, such as consideration of the 2017 tax year property tax rate of $0.6351 cents per $100 valuation, and an ordinance adopting that increases the city's water rate by nearly 60 percent. The city of Willis will also hold a public hearing about the fiscal year 2017-18 budget.

Willis city officials proposed a water rate for in-city residents of $5.45 per thousand gallons, plus a minimum of $21.25 for usage between 3,001 and 11,000 gallons. City council members will consider amending a July 2010 ordinance, which set the city's water rate to $2.20 per thousand gallons plus minimum $18.45 for usage between 3,001 and 11,000 gallons.

Click here to view the entire agenda. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. Willis City Hall, 200 N. Bell St., Willis. 936-856-4611. www.ci.willis.tx.us

Montgomery City Council meets Tuesday evening

Montgomery City Council members meet Aug. 22 for a public hearing on the city’s property tax rate and the city's regularly scheduled meeting. The hearing is the first of two public hearings on the tax rate, with the second hearing scheduled for Aug. 29. City officials have proposed a rate of $41.55 cents per $100 valuation, the same tax rate as the FY 2016-17. Click here to view the entire agenda. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. City of Montgomery City Hall, 101 Old Plantersville Road, Montgomery. 936-597-6434. www.montgomerytexas.gov

Conroe City Council meets Wednesday and Thursday

Conroe City Council meets 2 p.m. Aug. 23 and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24 for its workshop and action meetings, respectively. Council members will consider the FY 2017-18 operating budget, capital budget and tax rate during the meeting. Other agenda items include pursuit of a feasibility study for a Conroe Convention Center, purchasing a pump for the new wastewater treatment plant, an increase in water and sewer rates. Click here to view the entire agenda. 2 p.m. Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24. Conroe City Hall Chambers, 300 West Davis St. 936-522-3010. www.cityofconroe.org
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.