Other Bryan Council Business Includes Senior Tax Freeze

A senior tax freeze in Bryan is now on the ballot.

The city council approved the second reading of an ordinance Tuesday calling for the election, which will take place November 6 along with other constitutional amendments.

If approved by voters, ad valorem taxes for Bryan seniors would be frozen.

With the deadline for submission nearing, the council approved a plan to distribute block grant funding for HUD housing in Bryan. However, Councilman Mike Southerland says he wants to amend the plan down the line.

Currently, $84,000 is earmarked for the LaSalle Hotel for loan repayments, but Southerland wants to pay that money off out of the general fund and put the $84,000 of block grant money toward other projects. The council will consider that request at a future meeting.

On the economic development front, City Manager David Watkins says ground will be broken on the new Toyo Ink plant in September. The $20 million, 50,000 square-foot plant will manufacture specialty polymers, inks and adhesives. It will be located on 22 acres in the Bryan Business Park.

Also, the council approved the bid for the extension of Wildflower Drive and the creation of Towne Center Way in the new Bryan Towne Center development next to the Brazos Center. Knife River Corporation-South will do the work for $2.66 million.

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