City of Katy

City Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Tax Rate

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Wednesday afternoon held a public hearing to enable public comment on its proposed property tax rate. The proposed rate of $0.447168 per $100 valuation is a decrease from last year’s $0.48 per $100. The city expects more property tax revenue, despite the lower rate, because the appraised value within the city increased by $306 million. This increase in appraised value comes because companies such as Amazon, Costco, and […]

Council Honors Katy Police Officers and Firefighters

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday recognized Katy police officers and firefighters for service above and beyond the call of duty. Mayor Bill Hastings read a proclamation detailing four events in which officers and firefighters acted quickly to save lives. On March 30, firefighters responded to a 49-year-old who was in cardiac arrest, and administered cardiac life support measures. Responders included Chad Dismukes, Chris Edwards, Andrew Kruut, Scott Musgrove, Katelyn Rhodes, Bill Valenzuela, […]

City Sets Tax Rate and Budget Hearing Dates

Katy City Hall

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday set public hearing dates next month for its proposed tax rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The public hearing for the tax rate is at 4 p.m. September 14. The public hearing for the budget is at 4 p.m. September 28. Both meetings are expected to be online as all council meetings have been since the pandemic was declared in March. The proposed $32 million […]

City to Receive COVID-19 Relief Fund Money

Byron Hebert - City of Katy photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday authorized Mayor Bill Hastings to sign the paperwork so the city can receive $838,805 in federal money for COVID-19 through the CARES Act passed earlier this year. The money is to cover city expenses related to COVID-19 that were not accounted for in the current city budget, and were incurred between March 1 and December 30 of last year, City Administrator Byron Hebert said in a memo […]

Former Katy Mayor John Morrison Dies

John Morrison - City of Katy photo

By George Slaughter John Morrison, who served on the Katy City Council during the 1970s Texas oil boom years and as mayor from 1979-1983, died Wednesday, the city said in a news release. Morrison served on the city council from 1978-1979, when he was elected mayor. During Morrison’s mayoralty, the city obtained its home rule charter in 1981. The city continues to use the charter today. The charter serves as the city’s constitution, and under […]

Katy Rice Festival to Go Online for 2020

Katy City Hall

By George Slaughter The Katy Rice Festival, a long-standing Katy community tradition, is going online this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival is set for October 9-11. Organizers said a virtual experience featuring an online craft market, livestream band performances, and other family activities are being planned. Craft vendors wishing to participate are being asked to complete and submit an application on the festival website. There is no cost for registration and […]

City Awards Contract for Riceland Terrace Subdivision Work

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday awarded a $3,777,954 contract to Fused Industries, LLC, of Houston, for improvements to Patna Drive as part of improvements to the Riceland Terrace subdivision. In related actions, the council authorized Mayor Bill Hastings sign a revision to a contract with the Texas General Land Office for drainage channel construction in the subdivision. It also authorized Hastings to sign a proposal with Costello Engineering & Surveying, of Houston, […]

City Selects Texas Pride Disposal as Waste Services Provider

By George Slaughter The City of Katy will have a new waste services provider, as the city council voted Monday to finalize a deal with Texas Pride Disposal of Rosenberg. The new contract is expected to begin in September. Texas Pride Disposal replaces Republic Services, which held the contract for approximately 20 years. The Republic Services contract with the city ends August 31. The new contract calls for a residential charge of $13.15 per month […]

City Postpones Decision on Solid Waste Provider

By George Slaughter Citing unanswered questions caused in part by incomplete paperwork, the Katy City Council Monday postponed a decision to offer a contract to a solid waste service provider. The council directed city staff to come back with more information by the next council meeting, set for July 27. The current solid waste contract, with Republic Services, expires August 31. The city earlier this year organized a sanitation committee to explore its options on […]

City Will Enforce Face Covering Violation Order, But Not Fine Violators

By George Slaughter The City of Katy will not fine those violating a Harris County-wide order, made effective Monday, that requires the wearing of face coverings in Katy city facilities. Despite not issuing fines for violations, the city said in a news release that all city facilities will require face coverings for all city employees and visitors to city buildings. This requirement is keeping with the order, issued Friday by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, […]