Tomball - Magnolia Edition | July 2021

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$52.39Mbudget proposed for FY 202122

Council appoints David Esquivel as citymanager

BY ANNA LOTZ & CHANDLER FRANCE

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The city of Tomball’s scal year 2021-22 will begin Oct. 1.

TOMBALL City Manager David Esquivel said the city of Tomball is eyeing an additional $4 million in general fund revenue for the ongoing scal year 2020-21, which he credits to growth in property and sales tax revenue as well as new development. Esquivel presented the city’s proposed FY 2021-22 budget to City Council members during workshops July 6 and 19. “Revenue projections … are signicantly higher than what we originally thought or budgeted. A lot of those are from property tax evaluations, [and] sales tax has come in much stronger than what we anticipated or what we budgeted for,” Esquivel said. Looking forward, Tomball’s proposed budget for the upcoming FY 2021-22, which will begin Oct. 1, totals $52.39 million in expenses with anticipated revenue totaling $53.34 million, according to the proposed budget. General fund expenses are budgeted to increase $1.74 million from FY 2020-21, according to the proposed bud- get, as training, travel and other city expenses were reduced during the pandemic. Major expenses for the upcoming scal year include investments into city personnel, public safety and parks.

BY ANNA LOTZ

TOMBALL City Council members unanimously approved hiring former Assistant City Manager David Esquivel as city man- ager during a July 19 meeting. Esquivel has served as interim

The budget proposes $52.39MINEXPENSES and $53.34MINREVENUE.

No tax rate change proposed from $0.337862PER$100VALUATION

3%SALARY INCREASE proposed for sta Funds included to add ONE utilities service person, ONE customer service representative and THREE full-time battalion chiefs

Council named David Esquivel (front left) city manager July 19. ANNA LOTZCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

SOURCE: CITY OF TOMBALLCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

city manager since April 5 following the death of City Manager Rob Hauck on March 13, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Esquivel was named assistant city manager in April 2018, before which he served as public works director for the city since 2015. Kent Clingerman with Harris County Precinct 4’s Community Assistance Department read a letter to council on behalf of Commissioner Jack Cagle congratulating Esquivel’s promotion. “It is my pleasure to recognize you for your promotion to city manager of Tomball, Texas,” he said. “Your tireless eorts and critical expertise in your eld are to be commended.”

For example, the budget plans for three battalion chiefs for the re department who would manage the response to res, Assistant Fire Chief Tanner Drake said July 19. The budget also funds upping a part-time deputy re marshal to full time. Esquivel said these positions are needed due to coming growth. “This town is exploding,” Council Member Derek Townsend said July 6. “It’s growing, and we need to make sure we’re on top of the wave for both re and police.” Public hearings are scheduled Aug. 16 and Sept. 7 on the proposed budget.

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