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Posted on: January 18, 2024

CITY COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE JAN. 16, 2024 CITY COMMISSION MEETING

City Commission Meeting

During the January 16, 2024, regular City Commission Meeting in Brownsville, several important decisions and discussions took place. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Capital Recovery Fees Public Hearing: The Commission voted to keep open a public hearing regarding Capital Recovery Fees. Due to concerns and questions that needed further discussion, the Commissioners decided to continue the deliberations and conduct a workshop session. The issue is expected to be brought back for a vote in March. 
  • Special Election on May 4, 2024: The Commission took action on a First Reading of an ordinance calling for a Special Election on May 4, 2024. The election will address the termination of the Brownsville Community Improvements Corporation and the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, while also proposing the creation of the Greater Brownsville Municipal Development District. The purpose of this district is to promote economic development and growth opportunities, including quality of life projects within its boundaries. 

 Early Voting Dates: Early voting for the May 4, 2024, Special Election is scheduled to take place from April 22 through April 30, 2024. 

  • Type B Sales Tax Funding: The Commission authorized the expenditure of $2,210,500 in Type B sales tax funding by the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation for various quality of life projects in the City of Brownsville. These projects include the Downtown Park Master Plan, Parks Master Plan, Musco Lights Replacement Program, New Park Restrooms, Tiny Forest Initiative, and La Posada Park Redevelopment. 
  • Explosive Detection Canine Agreement: The Commission approved the application and entry into an Intergovernmental Agreement for an explosive detection canine between the City of Brownsville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 
  • Community Challenge Proclamation: The Commission approved a proclamation recognizing the 12th annual Community Challenge, fostering healthy weight loss opportunities between the City of Brownsville and the UT Health Houston School of Public Health.

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