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East End District 2020 Public Hearing
November 2 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
TIME: Monday, November 2, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: The District’s offices, 3211 Harrisburg, Houston, Texas, 77003 – See Note below
To attend virtually, log onto Zoom.US: Meeting ID: 879 5137 0395
To attend by telephone only: (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 879 5137 0395 Passcode: 661233
GENERAL NATURE OF THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS AND SERVICES:
The East End District (the “District”) was created to provide services and improvements in the East End area of the City of Houston, Texas, as authorized by Chapter 3807, Texas Special District Local Laws Code and by Chapter 375, Texas Local Government Code. The District proposes to add to the District’s Assessment Roll all new value created by construction, development, redevelopment, or re-evaluation; property annexed into the District; property that has lost its exemption from assessment; and any nonexempt real property in the District that was omitted from the District’s Assessment Roll since the District’s last public hearing on November 7, 2019, at the latest certified value set by the Harris County Appraisal District (“HCAD”). This hearing addresses only the supplementation of the District’s Assessment Roll. No assessment rate increase will be considered or enacted as part of this public hearing.
NATURE OF THE DISTRICT’S SERVICES:
The District, in accordance with the service plan approved by the Board of Directors on October 23,2014 (the “Service Plan”), has provided and will continue to provide services and improvements in the East End Area as authorized by the statutes listed above. Such services include (a) security and public safety, (b) business retention and expansion, (c) visual and infrastructure improvements, (d) services and maintenance, (e) communications and marketing, and (f) District administration.
ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROPOSED SERVICES AND IMPROVEMENTS:
The cost of the services to be provided is estimated to be $3,056,066 annually and $12,224,264 over the remaining four years of the ten-year life of the Service Plan.
PROPOSED METHOD OF ASSESSMENT:
The District proposes to levy an assessment on properties added to the District’s Assessment Roll in the annual amount of $0.15 per $100 of assessed valuation as shown on the appraisal rolls of HCAD for the year 2020 to finance the cost of services and improvements. Thereafter, the amount of the annual assessment payments will be based on the then-latest certified property values as determined by HCAD.
All property owners within the District and all other interested persons, are hereby invited to appear in person, via Zoom, or by telephone, or by their attorney, and contend for or contest the assessment plans of the District, the proposed supplement to the assessment roll of the District, and each proposed assessment, and offer testimony pertinent to any issue presented on the amount of the assessments, special benefits of the assessments, and the penalties and interest on delinquent assessments. Oral or written objections to the District’s proposed assessment plans, assessment rolls and the levy of assessments as to any parcel in the District will be considered at the hearing. NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and distancing requirements in effect, in-person attendance is limited and will only be accommodated on a first- come, first-served basis by advance reservation. Any such reservation must be made no later than Friday, October 30 at noon. To make a reservation to attend in person, please call Jonathan Johnson at 713-928-9916 to reserve a seat, if available. Otherwise, participation is by Zoom or telephone call, as set forth above. For information, please call or write the East End District, 3211 Harrisburg, Houston, Texas, 77003, or phone (713) 928-9916. For information on the amount of your assessment, please call Equi-Tax, Inc. at (281) 444-3946.
/s/ Joe Meppelink, Chairman of the District