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Galveston County
Galveston City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Friday, September 14, 2018

Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt the city's FY2019 Budget.

The budget includes $144.6 million in expenditures for city operations, $9.1 million in general contingencies, and one time appropriations of the fund balance as well as $86.5 million for capital improvement projects.

The budget includes a projected ending fund balance of $37.7 million. Operational expenditures increased by $1.2 million, or 0.9 percent, compared to the FY2018 Budget.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a property tax of $0.561 per $100 valuation for the 2018 Tax Year.

The rate is effectively a 2.9 percent decrease compared to the previous year.

The city council deferred action regarding amendment of the city's Land Development Regulations to regulate excavation and boat sales or rental uses, prohibiting borrow pits within the city and clarifying sale or rentals of kayaks is not included in the prohibition of boat sales or rental.

The city council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance prohibiting the rental of bicycles through use of a dock system or dockless system without a permit from the city.

The ordinance does not affect “brick and mortar” or attended bike rental businesses.

The city council voted 6-1, with Jackie Cole opposed, to defer action regarding an ordinance amending the city's Code of Ordinances by providing for a definition of the term “vulnerable road users” and requiring safe passage of vulnerable road users by defining a minimum distance motorists must maintain while passing or following such users, as well as prohibiting the throwing of any object at a vulnerable road user or their equipment.

The city council deferred action regarding adoption of the city's 2019 State Legislative Agenda for the 86th Legislative Session.

The city council voted 6-0-1, with David Collins abstaining, to appoint Jeff Antonelli to the Planning Commission.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

During the meeting, the city council received an update regarding the STURGIS project to decommission a barge with a nuclear power plant.

Hans Honerlah, with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, gave the presentation. He stated that the project should proceed with “shipbreaking” the week of September 24, barring delays.

To view video of the meeting, Click Here

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