After annexing nearly 400 acres and 1,680 residents into the city last month, the Palmview city council approved an ordinance at their Tuesday meeting annexing an additional 480 acres into the city along with the more than 2,000 residents.
Much like the first round of annexations the city approved last month, the ordinance will not take effect until next summer instead of the standard 15 days it normally takes for an ordinance to take effect.
At the November meeting when the first annexation was approved, interim City Manager Leonardo Olivares recommended the city make the ordinance go into effect June 30, 2018 as the county appraisal district needs to know what properties are outside and inside the city limits by July 1, 2018.
“The advantage of waiting to enact the ordinance is so the city does not have to provide the services until then,” Olivares told the council last month. “We don’t have the financial resources to immediately provide services such as police, fire protection and emergency medical services to those residents but by next July these residents will be able to vote and run for city council. They’re essentially citizens of Palmview.”
Located on the city’s south side, the most recently annexed area also includes 16 commercial properties and will bring in around $277,000 in revenues to the city after expenditures, according to the city’s service plan. The United States Census Bureau states city’s current population is just under 6,000 residents.
The two annexations will generate an additional $518,137 for the city, according to the city’s service plan. As previously reported, the revenue generated from the annexation, as well as that of the city’s property tax rate increase from last September, will help finance $2.7 million worth of capital improvement projects the city has planned.
The projects include more than $2.6 million for the city’s street repaving and line connections for the ongoing sewer project that will connect more than 1,600 homes in the city to the Mission Wastewater Treatment Plant. The city is also purchasing a new police cruiser for it’s police department for $45,000, an Emergency Medical Service Vehicle valued at $8,000 and $33,000 for new software for the city’s finance department.