City of Katy proposed budget 2013-2014

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City of Katy officials are planning for steady growth over the next three to five years, according to a budget report delivered to City Council Aug. 27. City Finance Director Byron Hebert, said there are simply more residents and retailers contributing to tax revenue.

The proposed $20 million budget, delivered by Hebert in a presentation to the council at the city's fiscal 2013-14 workshop, made incremental adjustments to city employee benefits as well as provisions for several construction projects.

Hebert's office proposed a 4 percent cost of living raise for city employees, READ MORE »


Katy ISD calls for November bond election

Katy ISD trustees officially called for a Nov. 5 student activities facilities bond election Aug. 19 to fund the construction of a second stadium, STEM project center and agricultural sciences center.

“We’re fortunate because of the growth here in Katy that we won’t need a tax increase to pass this bond,” said Tommy Harrison, bond committee chairman. “Student activities need to keep pace with the growth, and we want to make sure the type of facilities we provide for all three of these projects are not so-so, but the best.”

The second stadium would cost $69.5 million to build READ MORE »


Area legislators focus on bills including those dealing with ethics, public education, water plan

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During the 83rd Legislative Session, lawmakers worked to pass more than 1,400 new laws. Below is a roundup of some of what Houston-area lawmakers pushed for, passed or had rejected by their peers during the 140-day session.

Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston

Bohac dabbled in plenty of subjects during the session, but perhaps his best known action was spearheading legislation to allow school districts to display traditional holiday scenes such as the Christian nativity scene, complete with Bible verses.

It also gives the nod to the use of traditional holiday greetings on school READ MORE »


"A Night of Champions" Katy Football

Join us for "A Night of Champions", celebrating Katy High School's seven State Championships and looking to the future as we kick off the 2013 football season.The event will be at the Leonard E. Merrell Center August 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM. There will be a dinner, live and silent auctions and many guests including current and former coaches and players. Coaches from all seven State Championships plan to attend. Among the guest speakers is Jorge Diaz, former Tiger star and offensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ticket sales begin July 1 from 4 PM to 8 PM in the Katy Field House as well READ MORE »


Costco targets Katy for new location

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Grocery juggernaut Costco has its sights set on opening a Katy area store at the southwest intersection of Grand Parkway and I-10. The Houston City Council will vote at its meeting next week on granting the store $1 million in tax rebates as an incentive for it to build within Houston's extraterritorial jurisdiction.

City of Houston council member Stephen Costello said Costco was deciding between the Grand Parkway/I-10 location and a spot near Katy Mills Mall. The tax abatement was scheduled to receive a vote at today's city council meeting, but was tabled by a council member and READ MORE »


Tickets available for Katy HS booster "Night of Champions"

Tickets are on sale for the Katy High School Athletic Booster Club’s first “A Night of Champions” football kick-off celebration scheduled for Aug. 16 at the Merrell Center.

About 800 tickets are on sale for $25 per person for general seating and $250 for a reserved table of 10. Tickets can be purchased at and with cash or checks only at Brammer's Athletic Warehouse, 5017 E. 5th St. Event co-chairwoman Deb Haring said about 75 percent of the available tickets for reserved tables were sold as of July 2.

The fundraiser will run READ MORE »


Medical facility slated for Grand Parkway and FM 1093

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A future Memorial Hermann Healthcare System building and $32 million multifamily complex are among several tenants secured for Grand Lakes, a commercial center at Grand Parkway and FM 1093.

Harmony Public Schools currently occupies several acres of the property and in October will be joined by Aura Grand Corner, a 290-unit Class A apartment complex. According to real estate firm Finial Group, the apartment complex is being developed by Global Growth Trust and Trinsic Residential and will feature a clubhouse, business center, fitness center, dog park, swimming pool and garages.



Girl Scout Troop donates Books and Knitted Caps

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Fifth grade girls in Girl Scout troop 17384 from several Katy-area schools worked together on their Bronze Award projects during the spring. Though they all worked together, half of the troop focused on hand-making ABC and 1-2-3 books and acquiring book donations from friends, family, neighbors, and local stores. The other half of the troop knitted caps for premature babies and cancer patients for those at a Katy-area hospital.

When the girls delivered their first collection of book donations, they enjoyed a tour of the 5th Ward Head Start preschool in Houston and meeting the READ MORE »


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