The Needville Fire Department will have its annual fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 21. Proceeds go to training, equipment and operational costs.

The fire department has 12 members assigned to its new location, the Woodrow Station near Brazos Bend State Park.

Discussion of the new fire department was held, along with delinquent tax collections.

Members approved renewal of a delinquent tax collection contract with Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott Attorneys at Law.

Derek Mendoza, the primary attorney for delinquent tax collection, said the contract is identical to the previous contract. The city has changed tax collectors every few years, with Perdue being the most recent.

Mayor Delbert Wendt said the firm is doing a good job. This renews a two-year contract that will begin Sept. 1 and end Aug. 31, 2012. These are collections of delinquent personal or real property taxes. A tax is not delinquent until Feb. 1 of the following year.

A new resolution and adoption of a tax abatement policy will be drawn up by Bill Knesek of the Development Corp. of Needville. The policy has expired, and Knesek sought a new policy to keep the city current and up to speed.

Abatements do not have to be granted and do not have to be equal, if policy exists. It will cost approximately $1,000 to create new tax abatement policy. Abatements can be used on residential property as incentives to move into the area.

The council also approved a variance of building setback at 9218 Church St. The setback will be in the back of the building and is still on property.

The Needville budget meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15.

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