85.3 F
College Station
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

College Station to consider perpetual “state of disaster” declaration

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

College Station first declared a state of disaster over seven months ago on March 17. Since then, Mayor Karl Mooney has issued a variety of “mayoral orders” from limiting restaurants to requiring face coverings for the entire city. On the agenda this Thursday, City Council is considering an indefinite extension of this declaration.

Some federal funds are distributed to cities that declare a disaster as part of the CARES Act, but it also allows the municipal governments to assume additional powers. The City of Bryan interpreted the disaster declaration as giving them the power to delay reducing the voter approval tax rate, which was reduced by the legislature in the last session.[1] Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote an opinion that the exemption for disasters only gives leeway to cities with physical damage, not economic damage.

The City of Rockport pushed through $14.72M in ‘Tax Notes’ without voter input citing state-of-emergency orders.[2] This was not during the shutdown earlier this year but at the end of August.

College Station is still under a Mayoral Order for face coverings from June 29, even though the conditions for the decree no longer exist. If the State and Brazos County removed all restrictions tomorrow, the citizens of College Station would still be under these restrictions.

The College Station City Council meeting is on Thursday at 6PM, and can be accessed by Zoom.

To make written comments for the Council or to speak to the Council, fill out the comment form on the Council website. City Council Comments


[1] https://texasscorecard.com/commentary/commentary-bryan-and-college-station-a-tale-of-two-cities/?highlight=limit%20tax%20increase

[2] https://texasscorecard.com/commentary/rios-rockport-pushes-through-14-72m-in-tax-notes-without-voter-input/?highlight=%22city%20hall%22

More articles

- Advertisement -

State News

Republican State Rep. Phil King Announces Likely Run for Texas Senate

Republican State Rep. Phil King of Weatherford announced tentative plans Monday to run for a seat in the Texas Senate in 2022. Within minutes,...

First Look at Proposed Congressional Redistricting Maps

Monday, the first proposed map defining boundaries for Texas’ share of U.S. congressional boundaries were made public, as drawn by the Texas Senate. Bottom...

State Rep. Dan Huberty Files Bill to Extend Corporate Welfare Program Killed by Legislature

After the Texas Legislature chose not to extend a massive corporate welfare program, one Republican lawmaker has filed a bill during the current special...

School Officials and Board Members Unmasked at Conference

While parents are fighting school officials forcing masks on their children, many school district administrators and board members from...

One Week into the 3rd Special Session, Senate Moves Quickly While House Lingers

Priorities or Lack Thereof Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced two additional items to be...