Despite public disapproval from one city councilman and one citizen, Rosenberg City Council members voted in favor of the exclusion and removal of Municipal Utility District No. 66 from the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction at Tuesday’s meeting.

This item was brought to council by councilman Jacob Balderas. But before Balderas could speak on the item, council member Isaac Davila motioned to table it.

The motion failed for lack of second, and when he was muted on the Zoom teleconference call by Mayor Bill Benton for suggesting that the MUD developer paid off certain council members, Davila left the virtual meeting.

Following the failed motion, Rosenberg resident and former council member Lynn Moses spoke in opposition of the item.

“The city will continue to grow,” Moses told council. “As it stands right now, the area is not totally developed. As council members, you’re not supposed to look just to today. Look to the future. You can’t do anything once you annex someone. They’re on their own.”

Moses said by removing the MUD from the city’s ETJ, it would create a doughnut in the growth of the city.

Balderas then made a motion to pass the ordinance. The motion was seconded by council member Richard Olson. Benton and council member Kevin Raines voted against the motion, but it passed 4-2.

Davila never returned to the meeting.

“The ETJ is our future,” Benton said, explaining his vote. “When you give up your ETJ, you give up a part of your future.

“When I say future, I (mean) the future of sales tax and other revenues generated.”

The next Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

City council meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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