Hilshire Village raises property tax rate
With its surplus general fund reserves depleted, the Hilshire Village city council voted to raise the property tax rate from 55.26 cents per $100 valuation to 63.73 cents in an effort to rebuild the reserve fund.
The new rate was approved along with the 2011 fiscal year budget which totaled $765, 277.
This will result in an increase of $81.22 for a home worth $100,000.
According to city officials there are several factors which led to the tax increase.
First, the loss of the commercial office building, the Hilshire Building, at Wirt Road and Interstate 10 during the freeway's expansion was a loss for the city, resulting in a reduction of about 10 percent of its tax base.
Also, operating costs for police, fire and trash services have risen faster than home values.
Those factors, coupled with flat or declining sales tax base and franchise taxes, all led to the city council's decision to raise property taxes.
The Village City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at City Hall, 8301 Westview.
For more information call the city at 713-973-1779 or visit www.hilshirevillagetexas.com.
Bunker Hill City Councilman Keith Brown will serve as the council liaison for the proposed Strey Lane drainage project the city is now studying.
The proposed project deals with installing an underground box culvert to carry water from the area north of the city at Taylorcrest to Buffalo Bayou.
Although the city council has not yet approved the work, city engineers are studying how to develop a plan which would increase the city's capacity to handle rainwater which was coming in from the north and, at times, resulted in flooded homes.
Brown's role will be to work with agencies like TIRZ 17, Harris County Flood Control District, the City of Houston and Metro National to solve the problem which not only affects Bunker Hill but the surrounding areas, as well.
In other news, Paul Soanes is the newest member of the Memorial Villages Police Department Police Commission.
He replaced Peter Slot as the city's representative.
The Bunker Hill City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at City Hall, 11977 Memorial Drive.
For more information call the city at 713-467-9762 or visit www.bunkerhill.net.
Spring Valley residents voted against issuing $22 million in bonds to bankroll the city's infrastructure and drainage improvement plan, said Mayor Mike Andrews.
The city's $22 million bond proposal for drainage and infrastructure improvements failed at the polls on Nov. 2 with 1,908 of the city's residents, approximately 67 percent, turning out to vote.
In other news, Andrews said the city council will soon discuss naming him as the city's representative on the Village Fire Department Fire Commission, a move made by several other Memorial Village mayors including Hedwig Mayor Sue Speck, Hilshire Mayor Robin Border, Bunker Hill Mayor Derry Essary and Hunters Creek Mayor David Wegner.
The village city council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at City Hall, 1025 Campbell Road.
For more information call the city at 713-465-8308 or visit www.springvalleytx.com.
With the city's Green Waste Recycling pilot program now at an end, the city will rely on feedback from residents when making a decision about continuing the program next year.
The curbside recycling program, which was conducted from Aug. 1 until Oct. 29, could be reinstated in March of next year depending on the city council's discussions over the next few months and whether or not residents want it.
In other news, Mayor David Wegner was named as his city's Fire Commissioner for the Village Fire Department.
The move follows suit with other Memorial Village mayors who have been approved by their respective city councils to have a seat on the board, which oversees operations at the fire department and has a say in its yearly budget.
The Hunters Creek City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at City Hall, 1 Hunters Creek Place.
For more information call the city at 713-465-2150 or visit www.cityofhunterscreek.com.
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the city council opted to cancel its meeting set for Monday, Nov. 22 and instead will meet only at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 at City Hall, 7676 Woodway Suite 300.
For more information call the city at 713-782-0281 or visit www.cityofpineypoint.com.
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