council suggests our 20-year commitment to systematic local
infrastructure improvements will soon come to an end.
The last remaining projects under our current bond program
are on track to start construction this fall, but with no successor
program planned. Thanks to federal grant funding, unused
sidewalk money and cost savings from earlier phases, there is
some bond authority left over, and the proposed budget and
2021. But that would happen only if there should be an opportunity
for participation in regional drainage projects.
Among the issues we still have to contend with before adopting
a budget are a cost of living adjustment and merit-based compensation
step increases for employees, to ensure our continued
competitiveness in the marketplace. Those costs, which are not
included in the proposed budget, could be absorbed in the ending
fund balance without impacting the tax rate, but because
We’ll also be looking at potentially carrying over from the FY
2020 budget some projects that have been deferred, including a
police department management audit and a comprehensive fee
study, and our annual contributions to the Vehicle and Equipment
Replacement Fund. Those would also come out of the
ending fund balance, but as one-time expenditures.
Council has been considering those items, and any other budget
related questions, in workshop sessions and public hearings
Public comments may also be submitted in writing care of the
City Clerk, email@example.com.
Friedberg blogs on matters of civic interest at
He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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See for yourself
The detailed, proposed budget, graphic
presentations, and recordings of meetings
and hearings are accessible at bellairetx.gov/
City Council budget calendar
• Acceptance of property tax rolls from the
Harris County Appraisal District
• Approval of ordinance setting tax rate
• Adoption of tax rate