The city of Rosenberg could take on an additional $2.2 million in debt. But not without first conducting a public hearing.

At the special Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members will hold a hearing on the proposed annexation of Municipal Utility District No. 66.

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

The public is invited to comment on the annexation proposal.

Residents wishing to speak at the public hearing must sign up in advance. According to city staff, property owners in MUD 66 were notified about the hearing on July 5.

In addition to the required public hearings for the annexation to proceed, the city must receive consent to the annexation through a petition signed by more than 50% of the homeowners in the MUD.

Further, an election would be held on questioning the annexed area in May 2020.

At a previous regular city council meeting, council members spent an hour discussing the future of MUD 66, and ultimately voted to take the first step in the annexation process: signing the letter of intent.

“If it turns out we don’t like the amount (of debt), we shake hands, part ways and that’s the end of the matter,” Mayor Bill Benton told council last month.

Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut revealed that the city would take on about $2.2 million in bond debt if the MUD is annexed. She noted that it would take 41 years for the MUD residents to pay off its debt at the current size of the subdivision.

“I don’t think we should be entertaining anything at all to do with a letter of intent or anything to do with annexation until we have every single number from (the MUD),” council member Lisa Wallingford said last week. “(We need) every single bit of relevant information. And confirmation from our city staff that this is a good deal for our city. Period.

“We don’t need to even think about it or consider it until we have that. I am 110% against this.”

Council member Kevin Raines argued that because the city doesn’t have all the information provided to it, council should continue with the annexation. Council members Steven DeGregorio, Richard Olson and Jacob Balderas agreed.

The second public hearing will take place Aug. 6.

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