CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)— The Katy City Council is reducing the property tax rate for 2017-2018 by two cents per $100 valuation, and it is setting the stage for storm-damaged property owners to get a partial rebate on their 2017 taxes.
The Katy City Council joined the Katy Independent School District in requesting reappraisals of hurricane-damaged properties in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties. City Finance Director Becky Wilkins said the process would take place within 4-6 weeks. Only taxing entities like the city and Katy ISD are allowed to request mid-year reappraisals. As always, flooded property owners could protest taxes levied on their homes and businesses after January 1, 2018, but a reappraisal now could help them claim a partial rebate in their 2017 tax obligation.
Even though there will be a tax rate decrease, the city will still generate 12 percent more in total revenues because there will be more homes on the tax rolls in the coming year.
The city’s 2018 budget includes a two-percent cost of living increase for employees because insurance costs have risen. Ward A Council Member Gary Jones offered an amendment to exempt the mayor and council members from this increase and it passed.
In other action Friday, the council:
– Adopted a resolution authorizing Mayor Chuck Brawner to sign an agreement with Metropolitan Landscape Management, of Spring, for grounds maintenance and mowing of city properties.
– Passed an ordinance to amend the employee classification and compensation plan by amending job descriptions of telecommunications dispatch supervisor, telecommunications dispatcher, information technology specialist, information technology assistant, animal control supervisor, and juvenile case manager. The ordinance also amends the pay range and wage hour exemption schedule.
– Passed an ordinance to amend the city’s vacation, sick leave, personal time, and holiday pay personnel policies. The change in ordinance keeps the city consistent with other area cities in paying full-time Katy Fire Department shift firefighters based on a 12-hour day.