College Station asking for property tax increase to help pay for police station

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- The College Station City Council presented its preliminary budget Thursday night for the 2018 fiscal year.

The budget asks for a 2.5 cent increase on property taxes to help pay for a new police station.

The city argues that even with the increase, the property tax would still be about 11 cents less than the state average (58.82 cents) among cities with populations between 75,000 and 150,000.

The budget totals at approximately $365 million, which is a $15 million increase from fiscal year 2017's budget.

The budget also addresses new water well, a continuation of the roadway maintenance fee and seven new positions in the police department.

The council tonight also approved the rezoning of the Chimney Hill development.

The Republic restaurant is currently the only business inhabiting the lot along university drive.

Early intentions were to build a hotel on the land but because many hotels were built around it to project lost its usefulness and construction never began. Now the city hopes to find a new use for it.

Despite the unanimous approval, some on city council fear that there isn't strong plan for the land in place.

College Station parks and recreation presented city council a plan to build something called the Southeast Community Park.

It'll be located off Rock Prairie Road in southeast College Station.

The proposal includes eight baseball fields that will accommodate more teams for tournaments.

They hope the fields mirrors the baseball tournament grounds in the city of Franklin.

Council also plans to review the city's noise ordinance for construction work in order to adapt to the summer months.

Start times for construction work could be changed from 7 a.m. to 6 a.m.

The earlier start time would allow workers to work with cooler weather which helps when pouring concrete.