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September 5, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROSENBERG APPROVES FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019 BUDGET WITH THREE-CENT TAX CUT

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (September 5, 2018): Rosenberg City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget at the Tuesday, September 4, 2018 regular council meeting. A public hearing allowed the opportunity for public comment prior to adopting the budget, which lowered property taxes from 46.2 cents to 43.0 cents (per $100 valuation). This was the largest property tax cut in approximately 30 years, lowering the rate below the effective rate of $0.445 and the rollback rate of $0.435.

While lowering the tax rate, council also increased the homestead exemptions for citizens over 65 years of age from $30,000 to $45,000 and reduced the debt by $8 million (saving citizens approximately $700,000 in interest over the next ten years.)

The new budget will go into effect on October 1, 2018 and end on September 30, 2019. Key changes to the budget include funding for seven additional personnel, including school resource officers; a cost-of-living (COLA) increase of one and a half percent (1.5%) for all full-time employees; and a TMRS retirement contribution rate increase from 6% to 7% for employees.

Additionally, several capital improvement projects were funded including sidewalks; road improvements and drainage; railroad quiet zones; and water and sanitary sewer line improvements, to name a few. The budget includes water/wastewater projects and construction projects in partnership with TXDoT, the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC), and Fort Bend County. For a complete list of projects and the distribution of budgeted funds for fiscal year 2019, visit the City website at: http://rosenbergtx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/FY19-Budget-Book-PROPOSED-1.pdf.

The adopted budget includes projected revenues and expenditures for City operations while remaining mindful of anticipated growth and increased demand for services.

“We’ve been blessed with sales tax increases, our sales tax nearly doubling in the last ten years,” Mayor William T. “Bill” Benton said. “We needed to lower taxes for our citizens and we did that without compromising services. We had to prioritize our spending, funding first our needs before our wants. The government can’t always give a tax break, but when they can, they should. I think we have a moral obligation to try.”

 

August 16, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TXDoT Agrees to Pay City of Rosenberg $975,000 to Settle Condemnation Lawsuit Related to One-Way Pair Project

TXDoT has agreed to pay the City of Rosenberg almost $1 million for nearly 3 acres of City-owned property condemned by the state that is being used in the One Way Pairs Project.  TXDot sued the City of Rosenberg for a 2.8 acre parcel of land to be used as a crossover between Louise Street and Damon Street.  In 2014, Rosenberg residents voted not to donate this property to TXDoT for the One-Way Pairs Project.

The election was initiated under a City Charter provision, which allowed citizens to petition for a Special Election.  Shortly after the Special Election, another citizen petition was presented, and accepted, by the Rosenberg City Council at that time.  That petition mandated that no City-owned property was to be sold, traded, or donated for the purpose of the One-Way Pairs Project; however, on May 22, 2015 TXDoT filed its petition for condemnation against the City of Rosenberg.

On July 16, 2018, City staff negotiated a settlement of $975,000 with TXDoT.   Each party agreed to pay their own legal fees.  The City will net about $900,000.  This is about ¾ of the original cost that the City spent to obtain the property.  TXDoT had originally only offered to compensate the city $624,000.

 

August 16, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROSENBERG CHICK-FIL-A SPONSORS SPIRIT NIGHT IN SUPPORT OF ROSENBERG ANIMAL CONTROL AND SHELTER

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (August 16, 2018): Chick-Fil-A Rosenberg hosted “Spirit Night” in support of the Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter on Wednesday, August 15th.

Receipts from purchases at the Rosenberg location were placed in a box and a portion was donated to the shelter for medical expenses for dogs. The incredibly successful event raised $453.53 in a single evening.

The City of Rosenberg and the Animal Control and Shelter express their sincerest gratitude to Chick-Fil-A for helping with their amazing donation efforts. Donations of any kind help the Department to support and care for the large number of animals they receive on a daily basis. The money raised by Chick-Fil-A Rosenberg and their customers will provide heartworm treatment for the longest-term residents of the shelter.

For information on how to donate and support our local pets in need or to find a fur-ever friend to your family, contact the Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter at (832) 595-3490 or visit www.rosenbergtx.gov.

 

 

August 7, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FIRST ANNUAL TASTE OF ROSENBERG BRINGS OVER A THOUSAND TO SAMPLE FROM LOCAL RESTAURANTS

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (August 7, 2018): The first-ever Taste of Rosenberg was held at the Rosenberg Civic Center on August 6, 2018. The event kicked off Rosenberg Restaurant Week, which will be held August 6-13, 2018, encouraging citizens to explore the diverse culinary treats that Rosenberg has to offer.

With live music performed by Kirk Roberts and door prizes provided by Legacy Ford, guests were treated to food samplings from 13 area restaurants. An estimated 1200 guests attended, more than expected for a first-time function, but the idea of bringing together the community sparked a lot of media attention and blossomed into a large-scale gathering.

“The turn out was fantastic,” Event organizer, Isabel Carranza said. “I can foresee this event growing and improving in the future. It was a wonderful event for the community.”

Samples included cupcakes, pork roast, sandwiches, jalapeno poppers, tamales, bacon cheddar grits, pan dulce, gumbo, and endless other options. The event included something for everyone, including a little impromptu dancing!

“The music was just right for the event,” City of Rosenberg Economic Development Director, Bret Gardella said. “With all the different food offered, everyone was happy. There was a lot of visiting and mingling… this is one of the ways that Rosenberg holds onto that small town charm, despite being one of the fastest growing cities in Fort Bend County.”

The event was put on by the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) in partnership with the City of Rosenberg. Special thanks to the guests and restaurants who made the event such a wonderful success. The RDC and City would like to thank: Bob’s Taco Station, The Ice House DD and Snack Shack, Lupita’s Panaderia, Small Cakes, Brazos River Provisions, Joe’s Oyster Bar, Lost Cajun, Panera Bread, Chick-Fil-A, Holy Roast Coffee House, Ol’ Railroad Café, Pollos Asados El Regio, and Karlito’s Grill Taqueria. They would also like to thank the staff, and volunteers including Legacy Ford who donated raffle prizes and drinks, jazz guitarist Kirk Roberts, event organizers Isabel Carranza and Dan Kelleher, Bret Gardella, Jeremy Heath, Republic Services, Jenny Pavlovich, Lorenzo Lerma, Jenny Carranza, Josy Castillo, Amy Carranza, Tyson Lopez, Luca Jalowy, Joe Reyna, Sr., Travis Tanner, Darren McCarthy, Carrie Kmiec, Michael Nelson, Angelica Guzman, Bob Kinsey, Teresa Lee, Justin Jurek, Lt. Eder, Officer Torres, Officer Matthems, and the Rosenberg Police Department.