The Magnolia City Council held steady on the city's property tax rate, keeping the current rate for the 2013-14 budget year.
Council voted unanimously to keep the rate at .4786 per $100 of assessed evaluation, the same level as the 2012-13 budget year. Mayor Todd Kana explained the reason for a public hearing is because the city expects to receive more revenue this year, than the previous year, because property values across the city have increased.
"The tax rate is not proposed to change at all," he said.
Council then annexed approximately 160 acres of land, half of which is owned by Magnolia ISD, the other half which is directly adjacent to the school district's property.
Members then heard about an ordinance that would amend the environment chapter of the city code to establish policies and procedures as they relate to drilling within the city.
"We've had several national companies who have asked if we had drilling regulations, because they are concerned that if they built their outlet and someone had mineral rights under their store, that it could cause problems," said City Administrator Paul Mendes. "We took a look at our current ordinance and it had too many loopholes."
Magnolia Police Depart-ment Executive Officer James Senegal told council that the department's social media outreach has been working, as they now have more than 1,400 contacts through either Facebook and Nixle. Nixle is an alert and information site used by the department to send out information.
Police Chief Domingo Ibarra also informed the council that the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be coming to Magnolia in the future as well.
Mendes gave council a quick report on the now started FM 1774 widening project. He said the city has received some complaints about driveway markers, but wanted to let residents know that TxDOT will work with them on driveway placement.