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THE WOODLANDS TOWNSHIP

Board of Directors Meeting

BOARD BUDGET WORKSHOP #2

August 4, 2020

MINUTES

THE STATE OF TEXAS   §

COUNTIES OF HARRIS & MONTGOMERY   §


             The Board of Directors of The Woodlands Township met in regular session, open to the public, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, posted to begin at 8:30 a.m. 
The meeting was held via video conference within the boundaries of The Woodlands Township, The Woodlands, Texas.
             
STANDARD ITEMS
             
1. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance;

Secretary Ann Snyder provided the invocation. Chairman Gordy Bunch led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Texas State flag.
             
2. Call meeting to order;

Chairman Gordy Bunch called the meeting to order at 8:33 a.m. and declared that notice of this meeting was posted 72 hours in advance inside the boundaries of The Woodlands Township at Town Hall located at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, Texas, and posted online at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov, and is being held via video conference in accordance with the declaration made by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, which temporarily suspends certain requirements within the Texas Open Meetings Act to help reduce the potential transmission of the COVID-19 public health pandemic emergency. The roll was then called of the duly elected members with all members present at the time roll was called.
Present: Chairman Gordy Bunch; Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser; Secretary Ann Snyder; Treasurer John Anthony Brown; Director Bob Milner; Director Jason J. Nelson; Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs
Staff Present: Don Norrell, Nick Wolda, Monique Sharp, John Powers, Karen Dempsey, Palmer Buck, Susan Welbes, Robin Cross, Todd Stephens
             
3. Receive, consider and act upon adoption of the meeting agenda;
  Motion by: Secretary Ann Snyder moved to adopt the meeting agenda as presented.
  Second by: Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs 
Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Ann Snyder YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
YES
Director Jason J. Nelson YES
Director Bob Milner YES
Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
 
             
4. Public comment;* 

The following individual provided public comment:
  • Mark Unland - Cochran's Crossing; expressed concern that all Budget Initiatives being presented involve spending money when the focus should be on finding ways to spend less money.
             
REGULAR AGENDA
             
5. Receive, consider and accept a report regarding the 2020 no-new-revenue tax rate and voter-approval tax rate; 

Assistant General Manager of Finance Monique Sharp shared that she received the tax rate worksheet prepared by the Montgomery County Tax Assessor's office this morning prior to the start of the meeting.  Because she has not had an opportunity to thoroughly review the worksheet, she asked that the Board defer this agenda item until she has had time to process the information. Board discussion followed and this agenda item was deferred to allow Mrs. Sharp additional time to review the tax rate worksheet.

Note:  No action was taken on this agenda item.
             
6. Receive, consider and act upon the 2021 Preliminary Budget for The Woodlands Township;

This agenda item was deferred until August 5, 2020.

Note:  No action was taken on this agenda item.
             
7. Receive and consider Budget Initiatives related to the 2021 Preliminary Budget and Five-Year Plan;

This agenda item was deferred until August 5, 2020.

Note: No action was taken on this agenda item.
             
8. Receive, consider and act upon approval of proposed amendments to the 2021 Preliminary Budget and Five-Year Plan;

This agenda item was deferred until August 5, 2020.

Note No action was taken on this agenda item.
             
9. Receive, consider and act upon the proposed 2020 debt service tax rate and maintenance and operations tax rate;

This agenda item was deferred until August 5, 2020.

Note No action was taken on this agenda item.
Receive, consider and act upon the proposed 2020 debt service tax rate and maintenance and operations tax rate;
Receive, consider and act upon the proposed 2020 debt service tax rate and maintenance and operations tax rate;
             
10. Receive, consider and act upon the date and time for a public hearing on the proposed 2020 property tax rate, if necessary;

This agenda item was deferred until August 5, 2020.

Note No action was taken on this agenda item.
             
CLOSED MEETING (if applicable)
             
11. Recess to Executive Session to discuss matters relating to real property pursuant to §551.072, Texas Government Code; deliberation of economic development negotiations pursuant to §551.087, Texas Government Code; discuss personnel matters pursuant to §551.074, Texas Government Code; discuss IT network or critical infrastructure security pursuant to §551.089, Texas Government Code; and to consult with The Woodlands Township’s attorney pursuant to §551.071, Texas Government Code;

Chairman Bunch shared that it would not be necessary to recess to executive session.
             
12. Reconvene in public session;

It was not necessary to reconvene in public session.
             
DISCUSS FUTURE AGENDA /ANNOUNCEMENTS
             
13. Consideration of items to be placed on the agenda for next month's meeting;

For clarification, Director Milner asked that an agenda item be added to next month's meeting to discuss the continuation of the Budget Task Force.
             
14. Board announcements; and

There were no Board announcements.
             
15. Adjournment.
  Motion by: Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:44 a.m.
  Second by: Director Bob Milner 
Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Ann Snyder YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
YES
Director Jason J. Nelson YES
Director Bob Milner YES
Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
 
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Ann Snyder
Secretary, Board of Directors

    

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