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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted 5-3, with Don Harrison, Sammy Casasdos and Cody Ray Wheeler opposed, to schedule public hearings for September 18 and October 2 for the adoption of a proposed tax rate of $0.615446 per $100 valuation for the 2018 Tax Year.

The rate exceeds the effective tax rate of $0.556430 per $100 valuation. The city council may adopt a lower tax rate than the proposed rate, but may not exceed it.

Wheeler said he opposed what would result in a tax increase.

“That's about a six cents increase, which equates to a 10.6 percent increase in just the rate alone,” Wheeler said. “That doesn't account for the increase in property value.” Listen (7:52)

Wheeler also said the budget did not account for any employee raises, and he also said noted the recently approved industrial district agreements, which he said only asked for $17.5 million from industries in the districts, rather than $25 million, which he said would the companies would pay in taxes if annexed.

Casados echoed Wheeler's statements. Casados said that garbage and water rates had increased in the city.

Mayor Jeff Wagner said that the action was simply to call for hearings, and stated that all items were in the budget. Casados interrupted, stating that there were “hidden” items in the budget. Wagner ruled Casados out of order and asked him to leave the meeting. However, Wagner allowed Casados to remain for the roll call vote.

The city council voted unanimously to approve progress payments on various projects underway in the city, including:

  • $35,834 to Mar-Con Services, LLC for the West Lane Reconstruction Project
  • $181,076 to Mar-Con Services for the Pansy Street Improvements Project
  • $73,720 to Peltier Brothers Construction, LTD for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Consolidation Project
  • $62,700 to Peltier Brothers Construction for the Burke Road, West Ellaine, and North Main Rehabilitation Project.
  • $56,491 to Texas Pride Utilities, LLC for the 2018 Citywide Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on final reading, award of a $232,505 contract with Sirrus Engineers, Inc. for design services for the Golden Acres 24-inch Force Main Project.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, an agreement with B & B Consulting Group for annual support for implementing and maintaining an industrial pretreatment program.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, the purchase of 52 Ford and 6 Chevrolet vehicles from Silsbee Ford/Lake Country Chevrolet.

The city council voted unanimously to accept a $46,594 grant from the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, to be used to fund overtime for additional police activities. Casados left the meeting and was not present for the vote.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Cary Bass was absent. Agenda

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