Katy Edition - May 2020

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News from Katy & Harris County

Katy City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meetings are June 8 and 22. 281-391-4800 www.cityofkaty.com Fulshear City Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is June 16. 281-346-1796 www.fulsheartexas.gov Harris County Commissioners Court usually meets Tuesday mornings twice a month. The next meetings are 10 a.m. on June 9 and 30. 713-755-5000 www.harriscountytx.gov Fort Bend Commissioners Court meets 1 p.m. the first, second, and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting is May 26. 281-342-3411 www.fortbendcountytx.com VIRTUALMEETINGS of operations with the Harris County Flood Control District. However, it could cost billions of dollars, he said. “It’s one of those items we are trying to push, but because of the importance and the price tag we have to go in with good consideration,” Elmer said.

Katy sales tax revenue drops

Harris County to begin flood tunnel study

BY JEN PARA

distancing guidelines and business restrictions began in mid-March. However, Katy Finance Director Andrew Vasquez said a 7% decrease is “pretty darn close” to the 2019 numbers. In fact, the city had expe- rienced even larger year-over-year sales tax revenue drops in January, at 11.2%, and April, at 7.6%, accord- ing to comptroller data. “Sales tax revenue through May is $8,490,378, which is 64% of the budgeted amount of $13,453,000,” Vasquez said. “At this point in the year, we are generally at 67% collection rate of our projected sales tax revenue.”

CITY OF KATY The city of Katy is among 472 Texas cities that expe- rienced a year-over-year monthly decline in sales tax payments from 2019 to 2020 during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to state data. The city of Katy will collect $978,275 in sales tax revenue in May, a 7% decrease from the $1.1 million collected in May 2019, according to figures released May 6 by the Texas comptroller of public accounts. The sales tax revenue the city will collect in May is based on sales that occurred in Katy in March. Social

BY SHAWN ARRAJJ

HARRIS COUNTY Harris County is entering the second phase of a study into the use of massive under- ground tunnels to divert stormwater during heavy rainfall. County commissioners signed off on a $2.5 million contract April 28 with the Missouri-based engineer- ing firm Black & Veatch Corp. to look into the size and effectiveness of a tunnel at various locations in Harris County. Black & Veatch is the firm the county used in the first phase, which involved confirming local soil could support a tunnel and a tunnel would be capable of moving enough stormwater during floods. Although many details have yet to emerge, the tunnel could be a game changer in the county’s flood control strategy, said Scott Elmer, director

The city of Katy sales tax payments reported for May, which reflect sales from March, is down 7.03%, according to data from the state. City of Katy sales tax payments

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SOURCE: TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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