Rosenberg City Council members have all voted in favor of a 40 cent tax rate in the upcoming fiscal year. But one constituent is urging council to reconsider.

At a special council meeting Tuesday, council members set a public hearing date related to the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget, which will be held Sept. 1.

Before taking action on this item, Rosenberg resident and Planning Commission member Anthony Sulak spoke against the proposed tax rate as it relates to the FY2021 budget.

“The city should not cut the budget to the extent that the aesthetic value can not be accommodated in the budget,” Sulak’s letter to council read.

The fiscal year 2021 budget was initially prepared using a 40.5 cents per $100 valuation tax rate applied to the certified taxable property values. The current tax rate is 41.5 cents.

However, by cutting the tax rate another half-cent, the city would lose $145,000 in the FY2021 budget, Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut said.

Benton suggested taking the $145,000 needed to fund the FY2021 budget from the general fund balance, which currently holds $17 million. Eventually, council unanimously agreed on the 40 cent tax rate.

“Its public money, we’ll want to hear folks’ recommendations,” Mayor Bill Benton said.

On Sept. 1, council is slated to adopt the 2021 budget and tax rate. The 2021 fiscal year will begin Oct. 1 and the new tax rate goes into effect Jan. 1.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference on Aug. 18.

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.

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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