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Lewisville City Council chooses name of new multigenerational center



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Lewisville City Council voted unanimously to name the new multigenerational center Thrive at its July 2 meeting.

Parks and Recreation Director Stacie Anaya said Thrive will encompass the spirit and essence of the center.

“Thrive—that’s what we want people to do when they step into the facility,” she said.”Thrive is very marketable for us in terms of what we can do for programs and fliers.”

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Grapevine City Council approves new townhouses at SH 360


On June 19, the Grapevine City Council approved a zoning change to allow for 69 townhouse units at 4201 SH 360, Grapevine. The community will be called The Reserve at Bear Creek.

The estimated price range for the homes will be about $400,000 with floor plans of 2,800 and 2,600 square feet.

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Railroad crossing quiet to come

Pearland residents wondering when the train horns will stop will soon have quiet, city officials said.

City Council and staff held a discussion in December regarding co-existing with the railroad traffic that goes through the heart of town.

Assistant City Manager Trent Epperson followed up on questions from the council regarding railroad signals at Walnut and State Highway 35.

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Pearland Resident Receives Special Veteran’s Day Surprise

Gary Moore (L) and Phil Olvera.

Gary Moore (L) and Phil Olvera.

It was a special Veteran’s Day for Pearland City Councilman Gary Moore and his family. After three years, son Phil Olvera was home from the Army.

Olvera did tours in Afghanistan during his active service; he will now be one of the front-runners if troops are called up again until he completes his obligations (assuming he doesn’t re-enlist!).

Moore and his family rented the Pearland Lion’s Club building for a small surprise party.

The party soon took on a life of its own once the community caught wind of Olvera’s homecoming. “We are so grateful and overwhelmed,” said Moore of Pearland. “I didn’t pay for anything but the hall rental. People came out of the woodwork to take care of things I hadn’t even thought of. We live in a wonderful city that we can call HOME, even though we have lived in many places.”

A military man himself, Moore and his wife, Christina, daughter Cheyenne and Olvera have had addresses in several cities in Texas and other states. “It wasn’t until we moved to Pearland that both Christina and myself said to each other, ‘We have found our hometown,'”said Moore.

You Got Me! Olvera said to friends and family.

You Got Me! Olvera said to friends and family.

Olvera was completely surprised when he walked into the hall, expecting to address Pearland Lions about serving in the military and commenting on Veteran’s Day. “You totally got me!” Olvera said.

“Cody Rogers is another vet I would like to be recognized for his outstanding service,” Olvera added. “He is a great soldier and was a fellow classmate at Pearland High.”

The Color Guard from the Pearland Police Department came to provide the colors, and Bella Hill, daughter of Greg and Amy Hill, sang the National Anthem, leaving hardly a dry eye in the hall.

Moore would like to extend a hearty THANKS to:

  • The Pearland Police Dept. Honor Guard
  • Bottomless Pit Cook Team
  • Sam’s Club Marketing Manager Jennifer Tinsely
  • Sam’s Club Store Manager Eva
  • Silver Creek Dental: Dr. Hugh Patton
  • Joe’s BBQ
  • Councilman Keith & Gabby Ordeneaux
  • Ryden Cohen
  • James McKendree
  • Sasha Costa
  • Lisa & Keith Ciaccio
  • ADDI
  • Stacey with E Glaesmann
  • Fotorny Photography
  • And everyone that attended to make the night special!

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Council sets tax rate, debates public safety staffing

Pearland City Council held a Special Meeting at City Hall Monday (Aug. 17), along with three joint public hearings with the Planning and Zoning Commission. Among the topics discussed were the adoption of a new tax rate and police staffing issues.

Consideration of the proposed budget was added to the meeting agendas of Sept. 14 and Sept. 21. Council also set the required public hearing on the budget for Aug. 31.

TaxBillCompCouncil passed a resolution, with a vote of four to one, to set the tax rate for the next fiscal year to .7053, which is lower than the current rate of .7193. Councilmembers Gary Moore, Derrick Reed, Tony Carbone and Greg Hill were in favor of this new rate; Councilmember Keith Ordeneaux was opposed.

As a result of the lower tax rate, the balance of the General Fund was decreased by $617,000. Council and staff discussed ways to offset expenditures.

City Manager Clay Pearson pointed out that the Streets and Sidewalks budget is a flexible, even though the original idea was to add to that number.

“We can’t add to streets and sidewalks like we wanted to because of the lowered tax rate from what had been projected,” he said. “Our streets are in pretty good shape now, but we need to be investing in a mix of fixes to keep them that way. The sidewalks need some work and have gaps as we are a growing city.”

Director of Finance Claire Bogard proposed an increase in garage sale permit revenue, which would add $36,000 to the General Fund. She also suggested reducing Street Maintenance by $581,000.

Public Works Assistant Director Michael Leech suggested a program that would solely focus on local streets to save money.

If these changes are adopted, any funds in excess of the General Fund balance policy on Sept. 30, after the yearly audit, would be used to replenish the Street Maintenance account.

PD ReStructurePearland Police Chief J.C. Doyle presented proposed departmental changes to Council. He emphasized the creation of a “proactive unit” that would require some re-structuring of the agency, such as moving a Lieutenant from the Crime Investigations Division and a Sergeant from the Person’s Crimes Unit.

The changes would include implementation of Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS), which uses location-based crime and accident data to determine the most effective way to use departmental personnel and other resources.

Other needs mentioned were in-car and body-worn cameras, improved radio communications, better fleet maintenance, ongoing training, Animal Services needs and adequate staffing.

Chief Doyle said that he had no problems with the budget as presented. “I didn’t see anything negative that couldn’t be worked through with the proposed budget of four officers and two sergeant position promotions,” he said.

Councilmembers Hill, Carbone, Moore and Reed expressed concern about police department staffing.

“We have 13 guys or less a third of the time spread out among 30 square miles,” said Carbone. “If we have a big incident, it’s not uncommon to see three or four units responding. It’s unacceptable to have such little staffing for such a big city. Houston folks come here just as we go there. I don’t want to fall behind the curve and have to play catch up when it comes to crime rates. We’ve been lucky so far.”

“I agree with Councilmember Carbone,” said Reed. “We just had that Kroger incident. Houston folks are coming down here. We have been lucky, especially at night when there’s more than one unit responding. It’s stretching folks thin. We’re down to budgeting for three officers because Pearland ISD is paying for one. It’s unfathomable to imagine we only need one new officer on the street because the others are promotions.”

Chief Doyle added that there are three officers currently in Field Training and seven more in the academy, expected to graduate in November.

Carbone reiterated that, “Public safety is primary concern of most of Council. The Police Department requested 16 officers last year and eight were funded. We need more officers. Even citizens say that. It’s been a clearly communicated goal for last two years and I can’t understand why this budget only proposes one additional patrol officer.”

Ordeneaux said, ”Everyone would like to see more officers, but how do we pay for it? I haven’t heard any answers. I hear lower the taxes. We turned down several opportunities for funding. How much longer are we going to put things off? We’re cutting one-time expenses and adding re-occurring ones. This will snowball to bigger issues.”

Mayor Reid added, “Law enforcement is changing. People seem to want to come to town and help themselves. There’s a fine veneer between the good guys and the bad guys. We can’t put a gate up. We can’t put enough patrol on street to eradicate crime, but what is proposed should be good enough.”

Because of some confusion about the actual number of officer positions proposed and the promotions to sergeant positions, Chief Doyle explained how officers move up in the department.

“Everyone starts in patrol, which is our manpower pool. Anyone who gets promoted or moved must come up in patrol first. We have 18 officers in A Squad, 17 in B Squad, 18 in C Squad and19 in D Squad. We have recently started looking at the numbers generated by officers instead of software. We are hoping staffing will get us better tools to predict how many officers we will need in the future,” said Doyle.

“I expected that we’d get the other eight officers left over from last year,” said Reed. “Either crime has gone down or something else significant has changed.”

“Any crime is too much crime,” replied Doyle. “I put a lot of stock in DDACTS. We look to our Crime Analyst for help in patrol. We can do things differently that won’t need so much manpower. We need a third party study to tell us what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong.”

“The fact is that we are bringing in new additional public safety people and they’ll be filtered in over time,” said Pearson. “We’re making a concerted effort with recruitment to deliver the numbers of positions of what was budgeted. The budget shows that in June 2015 there were 228 police and fire on the payroll, 32 more from the same payroll two years prior.

“We will start to see the benefits of new officers soon. Chief Doyle showed there are seven cadets in the academy and three more in the field training officer program coming on in April. In addition, Fire will be adding on nine full-time fire department personnel.

“We were at 100% staffed for a while in June, which is a first in several years. One person since resigned to go work for the U.S. Marshal’s Office. We had a civilian fill the Quartermaster position when he retired and dedicated an officer working with IT to detectives. We are a lot closer to where we wanted to be now,” Pearson said.

Deputy City Manager Jon Branson explained the costs. “Eight new officers would cost approximately $647,000 more in the budget and would have an impact on equipment and vehicles as well. This year, we heard it loud and clear and included four officers in the budget, which is what we thought was asked for,” he said.

“It’s too late now, unfortunately,” said Ordeneaux. “This is the third year in a row we have looked at health benefits and gone middle of the road. We’ve done well on raises for staff. If we’re not raising the tax rate or cutting spending, we are looking at $1.2 million in total cuts from the proposed budget. I don’t see where the money will come from. We tied our hands when we set the lower tax rate.”

Pearson said that the public safety discussion would continue on Aug. 31, giving staff time to look at the budget numbers again and make new recommendations.

The three public hearing topics were the adoption of the 2015 Comprehensive Plan and two zone change requests. No action may be taken at public hearings, so decisions will be made on these issues at future meetings.

To learn more about the proposed budget, the Comprehensive Plan and future meeting dates, visit

Nearly $1.5 million in 2015-16 proposed budget for street and sidewalk repair


In Pearland, nearly $1.5 million will go towards the repair of streets and sidewalks in the FY 2015-16. That amount is slightly less than the $1.9 million currently allocated in the current FY 2014-15 Budget and considerably less than the targeted $3.4 million to maintain current road average conditions.

Earlier this year, the City completed an assessment of all its street and sidewalk assets. The inventorying project included a condition analysis of all City street pavements along with data capturing and inventory services for assets such as street signs, pavement markings, storm sewer inlets and manholes. The project also included the development of a sidewalk database that includes the location of all Pearland sidewalks, a general condition analysis of sidewalk segments, and an inventory of all sidewalk ADA ramps and a list of locations with missing sidewalk segments.

The condition analysis showed the City’s overall streets pavement network to currently be generally in good condition. However, there are areas in need of rehabilitation, and now there is a good database to assess and plan. At a high-level view, the system, comprised predominantly of newer construction, scored very well. As an industry standard, pavement is rated on a 1 to 100 score with 100 being a perfect score. The rating system is called a Pavement Condition Index (PCI). The City of Pearland PCI score was 76 out of 100. The project consultant cited the vast majority of their 300+ clients nationwide score between 60 and 65.

Another critical component of this project was the development of a model by which the City can maintain or improve its PCI rating. To keep the street paving system at the 75 PCI score, the City will have to invest approximately $3.4 million annually. The City’s current multi-year budgeting has allocations that are working towards building the maintenance resources.

The program does not prescribe to a “fix the worst first” philosophy. The Pearland asset management approach is a blended one where investments are made with the most expensive reconstruction into failed street segments, but also investing into street paving segments that are in satisfactory condition to ensure that their useful life is maximized. The `mix of fixes’ helps keep the good roads in that condition as long as possible, not awaiting for complete failure and expensive reconstruction.

A plan is in place to build to the prescribed annual investment in the next five years. For more information, see the Public Works section of

Mayor recognizes Sherman for service to Pearland

55ccba675c23e.imageThe first item on the City Council meeting agenda on Monday (Aug. 10) was a Resolution of Appreciation for former Councilmember Scott Sherman to recognize his contributions and service in Position 2.

Sherman’s term expired in June, and Derek Reed took over Position 2 on Council.

Sherman served Pearland as a City Councilman from 2009 – 2015 and held the position of Mayor Pro Tem in 2010 and 2012.

“There are TV shows on Mondays!” Sherman exclaimed. “I never knew that!”

Sherman thanked the mayor, Council and residents in attendance for the Resolution, his nameplates, a handsome plaque and his portrait.

“Look! I had hair,” he laughed, pointing at the six year-old portrait. “Just wait. You guys will see,” Sherman said, pointing at the current Councilmembers, who instinctively touched their heads.

ScottResolutionTextSherman said that he had found a new purpose since exiting City Hall in volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization that, “Makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people,” according to their website.

Sherman exited Council Chambers to a standing ovation.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit

City Council discusses future bond referendum, tax rates

Pearland City Council held its Regular Meeting Monday (Aug. 10) at City Hall in front of an almost full house.

Pearland City Council held its Regular Meeting Monday (Aug. 10) at City Hall in front of an almost full house.

Pearland City Council held its Regular Meeting Monday (Aug. 10) at City Hall in front of an almost full house. Among other items on the agenda was the second of three scheduled Budget Workshops. Topics discussed were the effective tax rate, the five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for General Government, future bond referendum scenarios and the Debt Service Fund five-year forecast.

The General Government CIP is described in City documents as, “Major, non-routine expenditures for new construction and improvements to existing buildings, facilities and infrastructure that result in the creation of an asset or extends the life of an existing asset. The Plan includes costs for design, legal fees, land and construction.”

The proposed budget lists the CIP at $117.3 million. Of that amount, $51.7 million is set for streets, such as the Fite and Max Road extensions; $40.3 for water/sewer projects; $14.2 million for facilities projects, such as the City Hall renovations; $9.2 million for parks, such as the Shadow Creek Ranch Trail; and $1.3 million for drainage, such as the Cullen/518 Detention Pond.

Funding sources include $46.6 million from “other” funding sources, $27.4 million from water/sewer revenue bonds, $21.82 million from General Obligation Bonds, $20.92 million from Debt Impact Fees and $13.4 million from Certificates of Obligation.

Council also heard a presentation on a $70.4 million Bond Referendum set to be presented to voters in 2018. Projects from the 2007 Bond Referendum are projected to be completed in 2019.

Debt Service and Operations/Maintenance tax options were presented for Council’s information.

According to City documents, “The proposed budget recommends a debt service tax rate of $0.4900, which is the same as the current debt service tax rate. The debt service tax is a function of the City’s annual debt service requirements.

“The operating tax rate is proposed at $0.2293, an increase of .00727 from the current operating tax rate of $0.2221. This rate drives the calculation of the effective tax rate, which is the rate required to generate the same amount of property tax revenue if applied to the properties taxed in both years 2015 and 2016.

“Under the effective tax rate calculation, the City would have to actually decrease the rate from 2015 because of the value growth in the community. Therefore, it is anticipated that the City’s proposed fiscal year 2016 tax rate of $0.7193 will exceed the effective tax rate given growth in valuation and ongoing public service needs, but not exceed the rollback rate.”

The rollback tax rate is the sum of operations and debt service rates. In most cases, the rollback tax rate exceeds the effective tax rate. Sometimes, decreases in a taxing entity’s debt service will cause the effective tax rate to be higher than the rollback tax rate.

An option to exceed the rollback rate was presented to Council as well.

The center of discussion was the City’s debt load and what an increase or decrease in taxes could mean to lowering overall City debt. At this time, 70 cents of every dollar spent goes toward paying City debt, while the remaining 30 cents goes toward developments and improvements.

Mayor Tom Reid and City Councilman Keith Ordeneaux looked toward other area cities, such as Sugar Land, which has a more balanced debt services to operations tax schedule, for a model.

Councilman Greg Hill pointed out the big differences between Pearland and Sugar Land. “Nobody is growing like we are. We can’t compare Pearland to other cities for the purposes of comparing tax rates and debt service ratios,” he said.

Councilman Tony Carbone, in favor of a rollback rate decrease, pointed out that current market trends indicate that the appraised values of area homes will continue to go up, costing residents more. “This tax rate decrease will give citizens some relief as home valuations continue to rise,” he said.

Ordeneaux, in favor of a tax increase that will help pay down City debt, said, “Currently, the average home value on the tax roll in Pearland is just under $200,000. According to staff, a house has to be valued on the tax roll at around $300,000 to pay its cost for City services. So, most people in Pearland are not paying for what they receive from the City.”

Ordeneaux also pointed out that responsibility lies locally.

“Austin has placed regulations on local government to control taxes that Austin dose not levee. Austin does not set the local tax rate and they don’t collect local taxes. They have passed a law, and attempted to strengthen it this year, that caps the increase in revenue a City can collect on property tax. This law does provide residents with a tool to petition and have the higher tax rate placed on the ballot,” he added.

The effective tax rate requirement dictates a formal vote by the City Council to increase property taxes. This vote is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 17.

As the budgeting process moves on, two public hearings are required. The first public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. and the second is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Both hearings will be held at City Hall, located at 3519 Liberty Dr.

The first reading of the ordinances for the budget and tax rate is scheduled for Sept. 14 with second and final reading on Sept. 21, prior to the start of the new FY 2015/16 Fiscal Year on Oct. 1.

To view the proposed budget, visit

Pearland officials put forward property tax, water rate increase in proposed budget

BudgetCoverThe City of Pearland released the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 – 2016 budget entitled, “Building Momentum,” to the public last week as staff and elected leaders begin the arduous task of refining and adopting the most useful budget to meet the needs of the City. If approved, citizens could see an increase in property taxes and water rates. However, city officials say the proposed budget has not been finalized and the final numbers could change.

The first Budget Workshop is scheduled for Monday (August 3) at City Hall, located at 3519 Liberty Dr. The issues to be discussed include property taxes, debt service, the General Fund and a Multi-Year Plan.

“By way of background, it’s worth noting that the budget process is an intricate process that had its beginnings for this year back in March with a special City Council work session to provide early budget input,” said City Manager Clay Pearson. “Before and since that meeting in March, City staff from across the organization has diligently researched and examined their operations and budgets.”

The proposed tax rate of $0.71937 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2016 includes an increase from $0.7121 currently. Additional increases are expected in fiscal years 2017 and 2018, for a total tax rate increase of $0.13.

If the proposed tax rates are adopted, a resident with an average home value estimated at $199,749 can expect to see a jump of approximately $99 per year or 27 cents per day.

“For 27 cents a day, residents will receive enhanced fire services with the opening of two new manned 24/7 fire stations, pro-active patrol with the hiring of an additional four police officers, access to two new parks, the new Shadow Creek Ranch Sportsplex and Hickory Slough Sports Complex and increased funding for roads and sidewalk maintenance,” said Pearson.

“Last year, in 2015, the City had forecast a 2.5 cent tax increase for fiscal year 2016, but due to higher property valuation and the City’s taking advantage of lower interest rates to refinance $51.2 million in existing debt, resulting in annual savings of $425,000, the recommended tax rate for fiscal year 2016 is held constant in absolute terms, which is 1.78 cents lower than last year’s forecast,” Pearson added.

“Property taxes generate the second-most to the General Fund at $14.6 million, up from $13.2 million. Property taxes also support 100% of the debt service on outstanding general obligation bonds,” explained Pearson. “The property tax rate for debt service is pegged to remain constant. The effective tax rate for operations is planned to go up slightly, $0.0073 per $100 valuation. That effective tax rate is slightly less than had been anticipated in last year’s planning. Values on existing property are generally rebounding strongly from the 2008 financial crisis, which is the other component for individual property tax bills,” Pearson said.

Under the current proposed budget, city revenues will increase overall by seven percent. Of that amount, property tax revenues will increase roughly $1.4 million, or 10 percent. The estimated property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is approximately $2.5 million.

“Revenue increases of 16.0% are needed in fiscal year 2016 in the water/sewer fund as lower consumption in 2015 has reduced cash equivalents. Additional increases are needed in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 of 10.3% and 9.10%, respectively, due to major plant expansions and resulting debt service,” budget documents state.

This means that water and sewer bills for residents will see an increase of between $5 and $15 in the years to come.

“Due to higher than normal rainfall throughout fiscal year 2015 coupled with mission critical significant dollar wastewater treatment plant expansions to handle the city’s existing flow and to allow for growth, the City has budgeted a 16% revenue increase, generating $4.7 million in additional revenue,” Pearson explained.

“The annual debt service on a $55 million, four million-gallon-per-day expansion of the Reflection Bay Reclamation plant accounts for most of the increase. A 5.55% rate increase was forecast for 2016 last year; however, due to the higher than normal rainfall and increased capital construction cost, the increase is higher. With the rate increase, the City will meet all bond covenant requirements and reserve policy.

“The City’s volume rates are based on increasing block rates, where the more you use, the more you pay. Based on using 10,000 gallons with an 8,000 sewer cap, the monthly bill would increase from $74.55 to $86.36, or $11.81 per month. If one were to use less water, the bill would be less and if one were to use more, the bill would be slightly higher,” said Pearson.

It is still to be determined if garbage rates will increase.

“The City’s contract with Waste Management allows for annual rate increases each October 1, based on the Houston metro CPI. Based on the latest CPI information for June 2015, no rate increase has been built into the budget; however, the actual rate will be determined as of the August CPI data and subject to change. The City’s current monthly garbage rate is $17.48 plus sales tax,” Pearson said.

The largest expenditure from the General Fund is, and has historically been, Public Safety.

“Public safety resources remain the largest in the General Fund, 52% of expenditures,” said Pearson. “We are starting to occupy new Fire Station #3 at Yost and Broadway any day now with additional firefighters and equipment. The new fire station #2 comes on early in the next fiscal year and we are adding the equivalent of 12 new firefighter positions, nine full-time and three equivalents of part-time.

“On the police side, we had a good recruiting round last year and were able to add positions so that in June of 2015, we were at 100% of budgeted strength with 155 peace officers on the payroll, compared to 141 in June of 2013. We have added a civilian expert crime analyst to help give good information to operations to direct our work and made a civilian quartermaster position and IT position to help ensure trained police officers are doing the work that they are trained to do as much as possible. All told, with the good position we are in, the Chief and his expert leadership are soon in a position to be adding directed patrol resources at peak times, locations and assignments, atop the regular patrol,” said Pearson.

Sales revenues are expected to rise eight percent from approximately $18.9 million to $20.6 million due to the continued growth of the commercial and industrial industries in the City.

Notable projects include Costco, which is under construction on Business Center Dr. and recent project announcements, such as Keystone Engineering’s new facility on N. Main, which is expected to bring $6 million in investment and 70 new jobs to the community. Shale-Inland is planning to construct a $14 million facility on S. Main that will be 210,000 square feet and will bring in 80 new jobs. In the Lower Kirby District, Tool-Flo Manufacturing is expected to invest $36 million for an 80,000 square foot building and manufacturing facility that will have 188 employees.

“Sales taxes have been rising with the increased number of retailers and square footage, but that is going to level off at some point and also sales taxes are susceptible to the economy, so must be cautiously used and reserves established for fluctuations,” Pearson said.

Another major increase is expected to come in the form of increased healthcare costs for City employees and a standard cost-of-living raise.

“The City is a people organization. About 65% of the City’s general fund budget goes to salaries and wages. Balancing remaining competitive to retain and reward our talent remains a priority in our balancing items,” Pearson said.

“Like last year, with revenues and expenditures where they are, we are able to offer a two percent increase for our employees. That is intended to be across-the-board as an increase, but relatively small in light of the overall job market and costs increases.

“Employee benefits are also a big factor and the biggest is health insurance. Like companies and other public agencies, those costs are substantial and are managed carefully. We’ve already reviewed and rolled out the program for next fiscal year. We are able to over as part of our program City-provided coverage of 100% of the single health care plan coverage, which encompassed almost half of our enrollments last year, in our base plan. Moreover, the City pays 70% of the base plan for the more expensive dependent plans for couples and families,” said Pearson.

City infrastructure is always a major expenditure, with $1.5 million allotted for streets and sidewalks, up from $1.2 million last year.

“Taking care of existing roads and sidewalks remains a big priority,” said Pearson. “We talked about that with the City Council in March and followed-up with the results of a complete right-of-way asset inventory. The proposed budget has $2.06 million allocated for streets and sidewalks maintenance. The 2014 actual expense was $1.15 million. We would like to be near $4 million per year to keep up the inventory and avoid costly reconstructions, given our hundreds of millions in roads and sidewalk asset value.

“In our multi-year budget, the street and sidewalk maintenance, such as we completed on Mykawa and are doing in the Regency Park Subdivision, is included. We have a very large and appropriate capital improvements program for street widening, intersection improvements, and the like.

“We will open up the extension of Pearland Parkway south of Oiler Drive to Dixie Farm Road this month, start work on the Bailey Road widening and are continuing to make plans for McHard Road extension. Moreover, the City is appreciative of partners at H-GAC and Brazoria County that we coordinate roadwork with and receive cooperative funding from. Also, the Texas Department of Transportation is awarding the new managed toll lanes onto 288 from the Medical Center to Clear Creek where the work continues into Brazoria County, thanks to the Brazoria County government,“ Pearson added.

No final approval has been made on the 2015-16 budget. City Council has scheduled three Budget Workshops on August 3, August 10 and August 24, with Public hearings scheduled for August 31 and September 8, as required by law.

Council is scheduled to approve the tax rate on August 17 and will vote to approve the budget and any amendments made to it on September 14 and 21.

To view the proposed budget, the budget adoption timeline or to get more information, visit

Council begins budgeting process

Pearland City Council will meet tonight (Monday, August 3) at City Hall, located at 3519 Liberty Dr., at 6:30 p.m. for the first of three Budget Workshops.

The issues on the agenda are: Overview, highlights, property tax, debt service, General Fund, Multi-Year Plan and other funds.

Future meetings include a second Workshop on August 10, in which the topics to be discussed include the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and a review of effective tax rate notification; a meeting on August 17, in which Council will set a Public Hearing on the budget, set a Public Hearing on the tax rate and vote on the proposed tax rate; a Budget Workshop on August 24, which will address the Water/Sewer Fund, the Water/Sewer CIP and water/sewer rates; a Public Hearing on August 31 on the Budget and tax rate; a second Public Hearing on September 8 on the tax rate; a first reading of Ordinances on September 14; and the second reading of Ordinances, as well as the adoption of the 5-Year CIP 2016-2020.

For more information about the budgeting schedule, visit