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College Station City Council Starts Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Discussion

The College Station city council has started three days of initial discussions of next year’s proposed budget.

New city manager Bryan Woods has recommended raising revenue eight percent…this year’s maximum without holding an election…because state lawmakers are reducing the cap to three and a half percent next year.

The proposal calls for the tax rate to rise nearly three cents. For the owner of a home valued at $280,000 dollars, the average in College Station, that represents paying an additional $109 dollars.

In the budget document, Woods noted the following council key strategic objectives are addressed:

• Reflects five (5) Police Patrol Officers, five (5) Police Assistants, six (6) Firefighters and the Grounds Crew for the maintenance of Southeast Park.

• Reflects enhanced Economic Development staffing and funding.

• Continues to develop and enhance recruiting/retention programs, including continual review of pay, positions, staffing, and other related staffing components

• Continues construction activities for multiple transportation improvement projects

• Reflects construction activities of a new police station and a city hall.

• Advances implementation of electric smart meter technology and final construction activity of a new substation as well as initial activity on conversion of another substation.

• Reflects construction activities of the Rock Prairie Road Elevated Water Storage Tank

• Provides for significant infrastructure including Rock Prairie Road Elevated Water Storage Tank, Northeast Sewer Trunkline Phase III, improvements to the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment
Plant centrifuge, and Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion.

There will be two public hearings on the proposed tax rate, on August 22 and September 12 at 6 p.m. at city hall.

The budget also reflects a council decision made earlier this year to raise water rates for households an average of about $3.42 a month. No rate increases are proposed in other utilities.

Click HERE to read and download the 338 page FY 2020 College Station city budget as proposed by city manager Bryan Woods.

Click HERE to read and download a budget overview.

Click HERE to read and download the first of two background documents.

Click HERE To read and download the second of two background documents.

Click below for comments from Bryan Woods, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

Listen to “College Station city council starts reviewing the FY 2020 budget” on Spreaker.

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Posted by on Aug 13 2019. Filed under Featured Stories, Local News for Newsletter, News.
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