GALVESTON

The city is considering asking the Rosenberg Library to return 9.3 percent of a tentative $3.9 million budget in the next fiscal year because of state-imposed restrictions on municipal finances.

Keri Heath: 409-683-5241; keri.heath@galvnews.com or on Twitter @HeathKeri.

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(6) comments

Susan Fennewald

What the city is saying is that they can't operate properly with only a 3.5 % increase in property tax revenue. They need to say that loudly and clearly and repeatedly so that voters and legislators understand. If they need to eliminate some repair or the hiring of policemen, then they need to say that - and say it loudly. Raiding the library fund is just a short term (one year, I hope) solution and sends us down a slippery slope.

John Merritt

No. No. No. YOur news story editorialized with the statement "The state legislature in 2019 imposed a 3.5 percent tax cap on new property tax revenue growth, limiting how much a city’s property tax revenue can increase." This cap did not limit the increases in appraisals, which is increasing the city's property tax revenue exponentially. Please, Library Board members, do not give back any money. Continue to provide a great library.

George Laiacona

IF the Library does choose to give up some of the funds to the city, what will the city use them for? More unnecessary employees? I think the city should take on a real problem! Trash and litter all over our islands streets is in deplorable conditions. The city needs to adopt a legitimate trash clean up policy.

Brian Maxwell

Wow….such misunderstanding of state tax law.

It’s simple math. The city is capped at 3.5%. The library gets a fixed $.05 cents of revenue. They are not capped on the growth of that 5 cents. So when you have exponential growth as occurred this year, the library may get 20% growth and city departments (almost exclusively public safety) have to actually reduce to compensate…..so even with property tax growth, the city gets less.

Now factor in the fact that public safety costs are rising at rates far beyond 3.5% it is easy to see why the city is asking to be able to get it’s allowed 3.5%…..nothing more.

And the library also gets its 5 cents as is in the charter plus growth up to 3.5%.

Again, it’s just math.

Stephanie Martin

Don’t do it.

Charlotte O'rourke

The math explanation from the city manager helped. It makes sense if the city now has a cap the areas - like the library- without a cap needs to be addressed because of the new state law cap.

Rosenberg is a great library and is something the community is proud of, and I’m sure like every other entity could use the extra funds. But I hope the board decides to sign the memorandum reducing the funding allocation.

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