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Public Invited to Comment on Proposed Bus Route Changes

Brownsville Metro is proposing the following changes to the city bus route: 

Route/ Name Change Effective Date
Route 4 - Los Ebanos Blvd. Canceled October 5, 2015
Route 5 - Alton Gloor Blvd. Modified  October 5, 2015
Route 6 – Southmost Rd. Modified Immediately
Route 14 – Mexico Blvd. Modified Immediately
Route 15 – Scorpion Circulator Canceled Immediately
Route 20 – North Modified October 5, 2015
Route 21 – North Loop Canceled October 5, 2015

Brownsville residents are encouraged to send written comments regarding proposed changes to Brownsville Metro at 755 International Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78520 or attend the following public hearings:

Public Hearings

·         September 15, 2015 - 6:00 p.m., Commission Chambers Second Floor, City Hall - Old Federal Building, Brownsville, Texas 78520

For more information on proposed bus route modifications, please visit: the La Plaza Multimodal Terminal; Brownville Metro buses; http://bmetro.cob.us; www.facebook.com/brownsvillemetro; or contact: Monica Tellam, Transit Planner at (956) 574-6663 or monica.tellam@cob.us.

NOTE: The City of Brownsville/Brownsville Metro does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission of, access to, treatment of, or employment in its programs, activities, or public meetings. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please call (956) 541-5881 (voice) or [711] (TTY—Texas Relay) at least 24 prior to the event by 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Visit the National Recreation and Park Association- Fund Your Park website for more information.


NOTICE OF 2015 TAX YEAR PROPOSED
PROPERTY TAX RATE FOR CITY OF
BROWNSVILLE

A tax rate of $0.754591 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of City of Brownsville. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law
requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate.
 
PROPOSED TAX RATE                   $0.754591 per $100
PRECEDING YEAR'S TAX RATE     $0.700613 per $100
EFFECTIVE TAX RATE                    $0.699603 per $100
ROLLBACK TAX RATE                     $0.754591 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for City of Brownsville from the same properties in both the 2014 tax year and the 2015 tax year. 

The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that City of Brownsville may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate. 

YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE RATES CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:

property tax amount= (rate) x (taxable value of your property)/100 

For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, please contact:
Tony Yzaguirre, Jr.
Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector
964 E. Harrison, Brownsville, Texas 78520
Telephone: (956) 544-0800
Email: assessorcollector@co.cameron.tx.us 

You are urged to attend and express your views at the following public hearings on the proposed tax rate: 

First Hearing: August 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM at City Hall, Commission Chambers, Old Federal Courthouse Building, 1001 E. Elizabeth Street.
Second Hearing: September 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM at City Hall, Commission Chambers, Old Federal Courthouse Building, 1001 E. Elizabeth Street.



MPO

Brownsville Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Brownsville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) provides administrative support and technical services to coordinate, carry out and conduct transportation planning for Brownsville, Los Fresnos, the Town of Rancho Viejo and unincorporated parts of the MPO study area.
 
The activities conducted by the Brownsville MPO are intended to identify policies, programs and improvement projects to address area transportation activities and needs. The adoption of transportation plans and policies by the MPO is an integral step in the process of obtaining federal funding for transportation improvements, and transit activities.

To view the July newsletter, click here.
 


Brownsville Named Bicycling Capital of the RGV by Texas Legislature 
The Texas Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 132 recognizing Brownsville the Bicycling Capital of the Rio Grande Valley on Monday, June 1. The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Eddie Lucio III in the Texas House of Representatives. 
 The resolution reads in part, “the City of Brownsville has carried out an innovative program to promote bicycling, and in so doing, the city has become a well-known center for this healthy and environmentally friendly activity.”
 “This is a significant milestone for Brownsville,” said Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez. “Although bicycling started out as a fun way to improve the health of our residents, it’s become a viable economic boost to our city. This resolution is a recognition of all of the work that our residents and community partners have done to make Brownsville a more active, vibrant city.”
 Rep. Eddie Lucio III added, “I felt it was important to showcase the work being done in Brownsville because so often we overlook quality of life issues that add so much to a community’s progress. In this case, what began as a special project grew into a viable industry that continues to have a substantial impact on the lives of not only Brownsville residents, but the rest of the Rio Grande Valley 
and beyond.” 
 The resolution goes on to cite the adoption of a bicycle and trail master plan, Connecting Brownsville, the city’s 64 miles of bicycle trails and on-street bike lanes, CycloBia events, as well as the City’s recent designation as All-America City and Culture of Health Prize, as examples of the city’s progress toward become a bicycle friendly community.



Tony Martinez
State of the City Remarks 
Mayor Tony Martinez February 15, 2015
"The Future is not a Gift, but an Achievement."

It’s in our hands and we are blessed to have a city with so many talented and giving people.

For years we’ve taken pride in our geographic location. But make no mistake about it, our biggest blessing is OUR PEOPLE.

In Brownsville we build on the achievements of those who came before us … on the achievements by many in this room today … and we continue to learn that there are no limits to what we can accomplish when we work together. Brownsville has always been more than a team. We’re family...





City Providing Additional Recycling Drop-Off Locations Twice Weekly

In an effort to make recycling more convenient for citizens, the City of Brownsville, through its residential solid waste contract with Republic Services, is providing a collection truck for single-stream recycling at two neighborhood drop-off locations twice weekly.

Residents may drop off their recyclables between 7 and 10 a.m. at the following locations on Mondays or Wednesdays:

Mondays
Southmost Police Substation, 2900 Southmost Road, H-E-B parking lot 

Wednesdays 
Brownsville Fire Station, 62 Alton Gloor (Hwy. 77), near Valley Regional Medical Center 

Acceptable recyclables include clean newspapers; plastics #1 and #2, the most common types of plastic containers; and empty aluminum and tin/steel cans. No Styrofoam, food wrap, liquids, glass, food waste or tissue products will be accepted.
The City operates a permanent recycling center at 308 E. Elizabeth St. Residents may drop off recyclables between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Single-stream recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals and other containers are mixed in a collection truck.


Download the Recycling Guide





Help Control Mosquitoes in Your Neighborhood

While we welcome the recent rain, we also dread those pesky mosquitoes. You help keep the mosquito population under control by limiting the habitat of these bothersome insects on individual properties.

Mosquitoes require water to breed. Adult mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant or slow moving water, or on areas likely to collect water. By eliminating these water sources, new generations of mosquitoes can be stopped.
The city’s health department reminds citizens to:

Dump anything that holds water twice per week after rain. Birdbaths, planters, kiddie pools and animal water bowls can attract breeding mosquitoes.
Properly dispose of old tires, cans, bottles, jars, buckets, drums and other containers, or keep them empty of water.
Keep gutters clean and unclogged. Be sure your downspouts drain properly without leaving puddles in the drainage area.
Repair leaky pipes, outside faucets, and move air conditioner (window units) drain hoses frequently.
Mosquitoes are more active at dusk or dawn, and rest during the day, usually on tall weeds or other vegetation. Lawns will be less hospitable to mosquitoes if mowed regularly. City code enforcement officers will cite homeowners with grass higher than 18 inches.

To report a mosquito problem in your neighborhood, call 956-546-HELP (4357).

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Road Construction


Drivers Urged to Exercise Caution during Upcoming Road Closures

Street maintenance and drainage improvements will require the temporary closure of several streets beginning this week.


Monday, July 20 to August 10, 2015
Robindale Road will be closed from Ted Hunt to FM 802 for drainage improvements.



Drivers are urged to use caution and find alternate routes around the affected area.


TxDot Ongoing Projects



LANE CLOSURE ON INTERSTATE 69E (US 77/83)
Ramp work to be part of overpass expansion project

April 1, 2015 to October 16, 2015 (weather permitting) 

The Texas Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound outside lane of Interstate 69E (US 77/83) as part of the widening Morrison Rd. bridge overpass between FM 802 and FM 3248 in Brownsville, TX.  The Morrison Road exit will be closed but the Alton Gloor exit will remain open until further notice. The work for this project will consist of  removing and reconstructing the existing exit and entrance ramps just south and north of Morrison Road.



CLOSURE OF NB TURNAROUND LANE SOUTH OF MORRISON ROAD

April 10, 2015 to October 1, 2015

TxDOT will be closing the existing IH 69E northbound lane turnaround south of Morrison Road to continue the work of widening the Morrison Road bridge overpass and removing and reconstructing the existing exit and entrance ramps just south and north of Morrison Road. The traffic will be detoured to the signal on Morrison Road.



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Brownsville Recognized as 2015 Playful City USA Community
City recognized for 3rd consecutive year

Brownsville is being honored with a 2015 Playful City USA designation for the third time. The national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.
The City of Brownsville has worked to make play areas more accessible to neighborhoods. For example, the City is currently working on the construction of the Southmost Hike & Bike Trail, a 1.8 mile trail that will provide residents safe passage to businesses and local schools while promoting active living. The City received $159,000 in grant funding, and completion of Phase I is expected in December 2015. Additionally, the City opened the Bike Barn in 2013 to provide a place where community members can learn about bike maintenance, bike safety and provide individuals with a positive reward system. The volunteer-run Bike Barn is the Rio Grande Valley’s only earn-a bike program.
“How many of us don’t long for those unending days of exploring our world through play? Science has proven that play is important to developing imagination and physical and cognitive strength,” said Mayor Tony Martinez. “For me, riding my bicycle on our trails not only brings joy but offers and opportunity to clear my mind and problem-solve. Adults need play too. The City is continuously working to offer more choices for residents of all ages to experience play in their neighborhoods.”
Hopscotch sidewalks, structured recess programs, mandated neighborhood play spaces, city-wide play days and mobile recreation vehicles are all ways in which these communities are appealing to residents, and attracting and retaining residents.
“Playability is crucial to the success of our future communities, and we are proud of the work these  cities and leaders are doing to provide a better quality of life for all residents, and especially families,” says KaBOOM! President, James Siegal. “Play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents. With these esteemed leaders, and our friends and partners across the country, we continue to prioritize play for all kids.”
To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 241 communities named 2015 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.




BROWNSVILLE’S NEGLECTED BIKING CULTURE GOES PUBLIC
Source Credit: peopleforbikes.org


Over the last decade—but especially in the past few years—the Texas border town has proven to residents and funders alike that its biking culture is alive and well. A series of well-attended open streets events and strategic partnerships have helped Brownsville raise millions of dollars to boost its infrastructure (including adding more than 30 miles of bike lanes in a year) and launch several community-based health initiatives. It’s even sparked local interest in someday bringing a bike share system to the city.

All this in a place known as one of the poorest and unhealthiest in the country.


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