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SPRUCE/FIFTH AREA: 12/2/2019: Enlarge the photo. This is the access to the Assisted Living facility in the 5200 block of Spruce. It has been like this for months. Part of the Spruce & Fifth Street ‘streetscapes’. Six members of City Council are responsible for the destruction of one of the most functional areas of our central downtown. Businesses are already in trouble.
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Runoff Election Saturday, December 14, 2019. Early Voting Nov. 27th, then Dec. 2-10, 2019.
- Over the past five years our property tax rate has risen from $.3805 in 2015-2016 to $.44.73 for 2019-2020, an 18% increase.
- The City’s revenue from property taxes increased – from $16.75 million for 2016 to $21.9 million in 2020. A 31% increase. More than $5 million dollars in five years, including over $1.36 million in 2019 alone.
- But no Capital Improvement Cash funds are scheduled to be paid from the General Fund in year 2020. Nothing for Parks or the Library. Why?
- Meanwhile over 5 years our bonded debt increased about $50 million dollars, to $123.3 million by 9/30/2019.
New Medical Building At 4460 Bissonnet @ Fournace
Medical offices are under construction.
Recycling, organic gardening, less pesticides – all win/wins for our kids and our community. So are reusable bags!
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No More City Of Homes?
According to the City manager and staff our longtime City logo, representing Bellaire as a City of Homes, will soon be gone, thanks to City Council and the $50,000 branding study. Read more here.
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Author Archives: Lynn McBee
It was the last decade of the twentieth century. There was much speculation and even foreboding by some that the century’s end might be doomsday… Bellaire in the 1990s was fraught with controversy, criminal charges, and a succession of mayors. … Continue reading
Are you aware of Bellaire’s History Walk? Lynn’s latest chapter of Bellaire history, History In Tangible Form, explains the background of Bellaire’s History Walk and the various monuments around town. Part of the City’s centennial celebration. Find it here! All … Continue reading
From boomtown to slowdown, in 1980 population in Bellaire dropped from a high of almost 20,000 to less than 15,000. President Ronald Reagan defeated Michael Dukakis and reigned for the decade until George H.W. Bush took over in 1989. There … Continue reading
It was 31 years ago, in 1977, that 4,619 Bellaire voters at a Special Recall Election called by a citizens’ initiative referendum succeeded in recalling from elected office the Mayor and three of the five City Council members. Bellaire citizens … Continue reading
When Time Magazine, Inc. published its, “Time 1968 40th Anniversary Special” (© 2008 Time, Inc.) in which it describes that year and the 1960s era as, “War abroad, Riots at Home, Fallen Leaders and Loner Dreams: The Year that Challenged … Continue reading
Chapter 9 of Lynn McBee’s Bellaire history is available here. Houston growth brings Loops and Freeways and a town divided. A time of growth, with more discussion on zoning and desegregation in our schools. All installments are are available on … Continue reading
Chapter 8 of Lynn McBee’s Bellaire history is available here. It wasn’t easy to agree on a path to arrive at the style of City government we have today. And we’re still working on it! All installments are are available … Continue reading