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!
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PLEASE – check local eating spots and other retail businesses. Call to see if they are open, what services are available, their days and hours of operation. Check the websites. This could last for a month or more. They need us and we need them!
SPOTLIGHT – – Important Meetings and Announcements
Bolivar – What has happened to this quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac? See the results of a City reconstruction project promoted by the City Manager and approved by the previous City Council.
Spruce and Fifth Streets –
Delays and excuses. The contract for this project calls for completion by February 15, 2020. Instead not even Fifth Street is completed. Here’s some background on this project.
May 2, 2020 Election on Charter Amendments – Sidewalks! Moved to November 3, 2020 General Election
Go to www.SidewalkChoice.com
Articles on the Stand-Alone Sidewalks:
Residents vs City Council – October, 2018 Outcome
Down to 3 Streets!
- Over the past five years our property tax rate has risen from $.3805 in 2015-2016 to $.4473 for 2019-2020, an 18% increase.
- The City’s revenue from property taxes increased – from $15.42 million for 2015 to $20.53 million in 2019. A 33% increase. More than $5 million dollars in five years. Anticipated revenue in 2020 is $21.9 million.
- 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?
- Over those same 5 years our bonded debt increased almost $50 million dollars, to $123.2 million by 9/30/2019.
Recycling, organic gardening, less pesticides – all win/wins for our kids and our community. So are reusable bags!
Find informative articles here.
100 Years of Bellaire History!
And for a terrific photo history check this out:
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.