Tax Rate Approved in CS

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Just like their neighbors to the north, College Station has decided to stick with their current tax rate.

In a 4-3 vote Thursday, the city council decided to keep the rate at 43.94 cents for this coming year. Public discussions were held on the ad-valorem tax rate, which was a little over 45 cents.

According to city staff, the tax rate approved Thursday will fund the coming year's budget.

During their workshop in the afternoon, the council approved phase one of a project to improve pedestrian safety in the Northgate portion of University Drive.

When the project is competed, sidewalks between College and Wellborn will be widened, and the exit ramp from University onto Wellborn will be replaced by a stop sign. No parking will be lost in the area as a result.

Also, the council approved a resolution for a community-wide emergency operations center that would be funded by Bryan, College Station, Brazos County and Texas A&M.

If all four entities agree to the deal, the likely location for the EOC would be in Bryan's Woolworth Building. A five year deal is on the table, with an option for another five years.

Brazos County has already agreed to the project and said they would take the lead role in the partnership.