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Council Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
News Release
Thursday, September 13, 2018

On Tuesday, September 11, the League City Council (6 for, 1 against) approved a $207.76 million budget for Fiscal Year 2019 with $131.06 million for operational expenditures and $76.70 million for capital projects. The FY 2019 budget aligns to the eight critical success factors and eleven initiatives in the City’s Strategic Action Plan which was approved by Council in July 2018.

“This budget maintains our current tax rate while also maintaining, or in some cases, improving the City’s quality services and providing for the expansion of infrastructure to accommodate League City’s growing population,” said League City Manager John Baumgartner.

The proposed property tax rate for FY 2019 is $0.5638 per $100 valuation, which is a drop from the 2018 rate of $0.5650. The proposed tax rate is expected to be adopted by Council on September 25.

Projects and initiatives in the FY 2019 budget include:

  • Increased day and night staffing at fire stations to provide coverage 7-days a week and improve response times,
  • Increased staffing and vehicles to support ambulance service 7-days a week during peak demand hours,
  • Construction of Fire Station No 6 and a new animal shelter,
  • Implementation of Harvey-related flooding and mitigation solutions and securement of state and federal grants,
  • Partnership funding for the development of regional solution to lower water elevation along lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou during flooding events,
  • Reinvestment in the City’s infrastructure for the replacement and rehabilitation of roadways, sidewalks, water, and sewer,
  • Investment in City’s water supply and storage,
  • Funding to support enhanced, two-way communications with City residents and increased Citizen engagement and involvement,
  • Funding for new initiatives to promote economic development and tourism,
  • Additional employees totaling 14.5 full time equivalents for various staff positions including paramedic, librarian, project manager, website administrator,
  • Funding for employee merit increases based on performance and cost-of-living increases for sworn civil service officers,
  • Increased funding for the delivery of capital improvement projects.

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