The 2020 fiscal year begins in less than a month and there’s a lot the citizens of Rosenberg can look forward to. A lower tax rate, street repairs and tax exemptions are to name a few.

At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members adopted the 2020 budget. Before taking action, Mayor Bill Benton had a few things he wanted to say.

“The approximate $79 million budget is a balanced budget,” Benton began. “I think that’s one of the things that should be noted first. We didn’t borrow any money to balance this budget. It contains no borrowing, includes a tax rate reduction, debt reduction, no budget cuts, no reduction in services.

“In fact, it enhances and adds to our municipal services because it increases operating expenses in the budget.”

Among other things, the budget includes funding for 292 existing full-time positions.

These employees provide municipal services such as police, fire, water sewer, drainage, streets, code enforcement, animal services, alley maintenance, human resources, building maintenance and more. According to city staff, this budget will pay for four additional full-time positions and a part-time kennel technican for the animal shelter.

Additionally, the over-65 and disabled persons exemptions were both increased by $15,000 to $60,000 and $45,000.

An increase in sales tax revenues is projected at approximately $400,000 greater than the FY2019 A compensation plan adjustment of 50 cents per hour for all fulltime and part-time employees is included.

The same health insurance coverage is maintained with a 1.6% increase to premiums, and city will cover the cost of the increase for employee and dependent coverage.

Longevity will be adjusted from $5 per month of service to $7.50 per month of service.

Listed are the capital improvement projects that will be funded in 2020:

• Bamore Road Extension $2,650,000

• Railroad quiet zones $400,000

• Sidewalk construction $300,000

• Klosterhoff road improvements $1,650,000

• U.S. 59 and Spur 10 utility extensions – $3,900,000

• Northside water line improvements $600,000

• Lift Station No. 9 & 10 elevation of equipment $298,611

“Good news here,” Benton continued. “This will still leave over $15 million in the general fund balance.

“I would say that the city is in pretty good financial condition.” Council member Jacob Balderas made a motion to accept the 2020 fiscal year budget.

The motion was seconded by council member Steven DeGregorio. Council member Isaac Davila abstained from voting, but the motion carried.

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