Sealy gets no feedback on tax rate

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No public comments were made during a Sept. 11 hearing on Sealy’s proposed tax rate, a stark contrast from a similar meeting held last week at Austin County Commissioners Court at which residents pleaded for tax relief.

Sealy is proposing a tax rate of 0.38663 per $100 assessed valuation, which is lower than last year’s rate of 0.42297 per $100 assessed valuation.

“The property tax rate is less [than last year] but that does not necessarily mean that taxes will necessarily be less because the values of homes and properties have increased somewhat,” Mayor Janice Whitehead said.

The city council also took the following action during the Sept. 11 meeting:

• Unanimously approved issuing certificates of obligation to pay for public improvement projects.

• Authorized the city manager to execute an engineering agreement with Strand Associates Inc. to provide technical assistance for the Main Street water main improvement project. Survey work is required before the project can start, explained City Manager Lloyd Merrell. Councilwoman Jennifer Sullivan clarified that the project involved only water and not sewer. Construction could begin in early 2019, said Roddy Williams, senior vice-president of Strand Associates.

• Authorized the city manager to execute an engineering agreement with Strand Associates to provide technical assistance for the Highway 36 sewer main and water main extension projects.

• Authorized the city manager to execute a contract with Tankez Coatings Inc. for the 2018 Rexville elevated storage tank rehabilitation project. Bids for the project ranged from $295,000 to $527,000, Williams said.

• Directed staff to stop mowing the property next to the JAC Memorial Park and pool, which belongs to David Cryan. The city previously mowed the property because of its proximity to a public area.

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