“After several weeks of discussions and presentations, we passed our budget yesterday. The general fund budget was $2.3 billion,” Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin told the Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority and Tax Increment Zone # 10 (TIRZ) at the June meeting. He explained the remainder of the overall $5.10 budget was made up mainly of capital improvement items and requirements. He noted the budget passed unanimously.
“There was a lot of discussion wrapped around defunding the police and there was an amendment that was presented by one of the council members that would basically take over $100 million in the police department budget and move it to other social programs in the City of Houston. After literally an hour of discussion, it was voted down 16 to 1. In my opinion, that’s a good thing. I have never seen a socio-economic area that gets better with less police and talking to my counterparts that represent those areas, their constituent base was screaming for more police, rather than less police, in spite of all the turmoil we are seeing in the United States today,” Martin said.
TIRZ manager Ralph De Leon announced a new website created for the Northpark Drive Overpass Project is now available to the public. It includes a complete overview of the project and access to the various parts of the project in terms of its history, the financial aspects, the detention and drainage issues, the roadways themselves and the plans for landscaping. It can be found at lakehoustonra.com.
William Conlan, project manager of the Harris County Flood Control’s Kingwood drainage study, updated the board on the ongoing project for determining the long term actions needed to address the area’s growing flood problems. The final report is near completion. He emphasized this is a study of the Kingwood drainage area and not a study of the San Jacinto River east or west forks.
There is no TIRZ meeting scheduled for July; the next meeting will be Aug. 13 at the Kingwood Community Center.