The Tomball City Council gave final approval to the 2013-14 budget that includes more than $17 million in general revenue funds.
"I appreciate all the work that council has done in getting to this stage and also the finance department, all departments, for working on the budget over the last six months in getting to this point," said city administrator George Shackelford.
The council then set the dates for public hearings on the 2013-14 property tax rate, which will remain the same and a little more than 34 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Those hearings will take place on Sept. 3 and Sept 9, at city hall.
Council then approved a measure which will set up a review board to look over the city charter and appointed 13 members to that board. The board will spend several months reviewing the charter and recommending changes to city council.
The item that received the most discussion was regarding a request to change a zoning ordinance from Tomball Concordia Lutheran high School.
The school has experienced rapid growth and is in the process of raising funds to expand the campus. The school came to the city looking to purchase a permit for a temporary structure to house classrooms in the interim, only to find out that was reserved for public schools.
Concordia Lutheran then approached the council asking them to amend the ordinance to include denominational schools as well.
"Concordia is in the same situation as the city, in that we're also experiencing growth," said Concordia's Joel Bode. "Over the course of the last four years we have experienced 28 percent growth and in the last year alone we have had 10 percent growth."
Councilman Derek Townsend asked Bode how long the school plans to have temporary structures and Bode responded that if all goes according to plan for about one year.
Council unanimously agreed that it was unfair to allow the practice for public school and not denominational schools and unanimously passed the amendment.