Rosenberg residents over the age of 65 may receive an exemption on property taxes.

At the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting on Tuesday, council members will discuss the possibility of changing tax exemptions for residential homesteads, residents over 65 and disabled persons.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.

An overview of the exemptions and a summary of exemptions offered by other cities within Fort Bend County will be presented to the council. Changes to exemptions must be approved and submitted to the Fort Bend County Tax Office prior to July 1 for the 2021 tax year.

The following property tax exemptions are available:

Residential homestead – the greater of 1% or $5,000

Over 65 – $75,000

Disabled persons – $60,000

Disabled veterans — 100%

There’s no set amount for prorated exempt property, pollution control, freeport, solar, leased vehicles, House Bill 366 and abatements.

If the consensus of the council is to leave the exemptions as is, no further action is required.

In other business, Rosenberg Police Chief Jonathan White will give his monthly police department report and Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell will present the monthly animal shelter report.

Council members will also discuss trains blocking the railroad crossings at Third Street and Rawson Drive for prolonged periods of time.

This item was placed on the agenda by council member Isaac Davila.

According to city staff, this issue causes delays and traffic congestion.

Prior to June 2005, the Transportation Code enabled local jurisdictions to issue citations to the railroad company if its train blocked a railroad crossing for more than 10 minutes. But on June 17, 2005, the Texas attorney general removed changed that.

Citizens will be allowed to attend council meetings, but seating will be limited and masks will be recommended and encouraged. There will also be mandatory temperature checks.

Meetings can also 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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