Katy City Council

City Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Bill Hastings poses with Aylin Bissonett, Adelene, Susan Hastings, Mar and Teresa Garcia (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which Mayor Bill Hastings will present later this month at a dinner honoring those who work to address domestic violence in the Katy area. Katy Christian Ministries hosts the Silent Witness Dinner, which is from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Westland Baptist Church, 1407 W. Grand Parkway S. The event is free, but RSVPs are required and […]

Council Adopts 2021-22 City Budget, Tax Rate

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday adopted a $34.5 million city budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, and kept its property tax rate the same in doing so. The budget reflects a $576,353, or 1.7%, increase from last year. The largest portion of the budget, public safety, comprises the budget for the police, fire, and animal control departments. Overall, those three departments will have an increased budget of $1.5 million, or 8.4%, from […]

City Announces Hearings for Budget, Tax Rate

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday announced public hearings to consider and adopt its budget and proposed tax rate. The hearings will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at City Hall, 901 Avenue C. The council will consider a $34.4 million budget, which is posted on the city website. The budget is a $1.5 million increase from the current $33 million budget. The proposed tax rate is $0.447168 per $100 property evaluation. […]

City Sets Hearing to Adopt Proposed Tax Rate

Katy City Hall

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday set a Sept. 27 public hearing to consider and adopt a proposed tax rate for its forthcoming 2021-22 city budget. The proposed tax rate is $0.447168 per $100 property evaluation, which reflects no change from last year’s rate. If adopted by the council, it would mark the second time in the past five years that the city has kept property taxes the same and not reduced the […]

Council Receives Animal Control Update

By George Slaughter Six of eight recommendations given to the city to improve its animal control shelter and practices have been implemented, Police Chief Noe Diaz said at a Katy City Council meeting Monday. A citizens animal control advisory committee, appointed earlier this year in response to concerns expressed about the shelter and its practices, made the recommendations. The shelter falls under the authority of the Katy Police Department. The six implemented recommendations include: Reinstatement […]

Council Authorizes $4.35 Million in Tax Bonds by Fort Bend-Waller Counties Municipal Utility District No. 3

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Wednesday authorized $4.35 million in tax bonds by the Fort Bend-Waller Counties Municipal Utility District No. 3. The council also authorized Mayor Bill Hastings to sign an assurance of compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with the U.S. Department of the Treasury Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Terms and Conditions. The council took these actions in a short, special meeting Wednesday because it would not […]

City Approves Creation of New Planned Development District Near Clay Road, Katy-Hockley Cut Off

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday approved the creation of a new, mixed-use planned development district to be located south of Clay Road and west of the Katy-Hockley Cut Off road. The Katy Court subdivision will be approximately 110 acres. The tract immediately south of Clay Road will be zoned to restricted commercial. The remaining property is to be zoned single-family residential, with an open space recreation area to be zoned as residential. […]

Council Reconfirms Harris as Mayor Pro Tem

Chris Harris (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday reconfirmed Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris to serve as mayor pro tem. Harris, a U.S. Justice Department analyst, was first elected to the council in 2018 and reelected last year. Mayor Bill Hastings nominated Harris upon his election in 2019. The mayor appoints the mayor pro tem, who serves in the mayor’s absence, but the appointment must be approved by the council. Ward A Council Member Dan Smith […]

New HCC Campus to Open in 2022 on Colonial Parkway, Near UH-Katy Campus

By George Slaughter Houston Community College President Dr. Zachary Hodges provided the Katy City Council with an update Monday on the college’s plans to relocate its Katy campus further west, closer to the city itself. The new location will be at 22910 Colonial Parkway, across the street from the University of Houston Katy campus. HCC planned to have the campus opened by now, but weather and pandemic challenges have pushed out the opening to next […]

Smith, Hicks Sworn in as Katy City Council Members

Dan Smith (Dan Smith photo)

By George Slaughter Katy City Council Members Dan Smith and Gina Hicks were sworn into office Wednesday at City Hall. Smith was elected to a Ward A council seat, and Hicks was elected to a Ward B council seat. Their terms expire in May 2024. Katy Municipal Judge Jeffrey Brashear performed the swearing-in ceremony. Smith, a territory senior manager, defeated Diane Walker, who works as a virtual assistant. He drew 446 votes, or 72%, to […]