Councilmember Dan Smith

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God bless the men, women, and K9 officers who stand in the gap for us every day. In Katy we are so fortunate to have som...
01/09/2022

God bless the men, women, and K9 officers who stand in the gap for us every day. In Katy we are so fortunate to have some of the best in the business.

Thank you Katy Police Department!

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We back our men and women in BLUE!

Thank You Katy Police Department for all you do to keep our community safe!!

We Appreciate You!

#LawEnforcementAppreciationDay #LawEnforcement #BoysInBlue #GirlsInBlue #BackTheBlue #ThinBlueLine #KatyPD #KatyPolice #Police

Woodsland Park is a hidden gem in Katy. It’s secluded and beautiful. Now the community center is available for your next...
01/08/2022

Woodsland Park is a hidden gem in Katy. It’s secluded and beautiful. Now the community center is available for your next event. Check it out!

Woodsland Community Center is OPEN! 🎉
Located at: 443 Danover Road, Katy TX 77494

This facility has a 4-hour minimum requirement and the deposit, cleaning fee, and rental fee are all required to secure your reservation. Our pavilion and field rentals can be processed online, however with this facility, you must first submit a request to be approved by city staff before your reservation is final.

To submit a request for reservation of this space, visit: https://www.cityofkaty.com/parkreservations
Our parks staff will contact you within 24 business hours to finalize your request!

#katyparks #socialgathering #staysafe #partyon

Wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous 2022!
01/01/2022

Wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous 2022!

Wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous 2022!

From our family to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas! We have many things to be thankful for this year. As we ce...
12/24/2021

From our family to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

We have many things to be thankful for this year. As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember that highest among them is that ”For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. -Luke 2:11

🎄🎄🎄Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎄🎄

From our family to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

We have many things to be thankful for this year. As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember that highest among them is that ”For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. -Luke 2:11

🎄🎄🎄Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎄🎄

It was wet, but an awesome morning celebrating and remembering the service of our veterans in two Wreaths Across America...
12/18/2021

It was wet, but an awesome morning celebrating and remembering the service of our veterans in two Wreaths Across America ceremonies at Katy’s cemeteries. Huge kudos to the amazing organizations that host these events including the VFW, American Legion, and Dauthers of the American Revolution. Freedom is not free, and teaching the values of service to the next generation is critical if our republic is to endure.

Great night with Katy Fire Department spreading Christmas cheer and collecting canned food and toy donations!  Thank you...
12/08/2021

Great night with Katy Fire Department spreading Christmas cheer and collecting canned food and toy donations! Thank you to everyone who came out… You can’t see it in the picture, but the trailer behind us is completely loaded! I was blown away by the generosity tonight.

Many more days of Santa tours to come! Check the schedule and follow KFD’s page for updated maps each day.

Thank you to all the men and women who have so bravely served our nation. America truly is home of the free, because of ...
11/11/2021

Thank you to all the men and women who have so bravely served our nation. America truly is home of the free, because of the brave! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Thank you to all the men and women who have so bravely served our nation. America truly is home of the free, because of the brave! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

How great is this? Thank you Keep Katy Beautiful! 🌳🌳🌳
11/10/2021

How great is this? Thank you Keep Katy Beautiful!
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Free trees! This Friday, November 12, pick up your own one-gallon live oak or crape myrtle tree for Texas Arbor Day. Trees will be handed out from 4-6pm at the Katy VFW Park. Our thanks to Apache Corporation for 15 years of this wonderful grant program. Plant an endemic tree to have a lasting impact on the natural beauty of our city, and Keep Katy Beautiful for years to come!

Who’s going out tonight to enjoy some family time in the downtown plaza?  I love that this space has become a real gathe...
11/06/2021

Who’s going out tonight to enjoy some family time in the downtown plaza? I love that this space has become a real gathering place for Katy residents this year!

We're getting ready for our Movie Night here on the Downtown Plaza at 6:30pm tonight showing the Disney Film - Onward!!

The BIG movie screen will be in front of the Water Tower, and we will have Concessions available next door at the Civic Center.

See ya there!

#MovieNightOnThePlaza #MovieNight #KatyEvents #KatyTX

10/26/2021

Pitts Rd. extension to Morton officially accepted by City Council. Working with contractor to remove barricades ASAP.
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Please drive safely

10/22/2021

Opening Pitts Rd. to Morton is on the next City Council agenda!

#10/25 #Frequently-Asked-Question

The men and women of Public Works are truly unsung heroes in our community. Here’s more information about what they do a...
10/21/2021

The men and women of Public Works are truly unsung heroes in our community. Here’s more information about what they do and how to reach out to them if the need arises.

The City of Katy Public Works Department is here to help!

The Public Works department responds to requests within the City of Katy city limits. Common Public Works responses are for pot holes, low hanging limbs in City of Katy public right-of-ways, loose or missing manhole covers, sewer main backups, leaks at water meters, drainage assessments and everything in between.

We ask residents to contact Public Works by calling 281-391-4820 or emailing [email protected]. When sending an email, please attach any pictures or videos that might help us assess your request more quickly. To verify that your request is within the city limits please go to https://www.cityofkaty.com/residents/am-i-a-resident. We are happy to respond to all of our residents’ Public Works needs!

#KatyPublicWorks #KatyPW #KatyTX

Great morning volunteering with the NSDAR, Star of Destiny chapter at the Antioch Katy Community Cemetery. Many do not k...
10/16/2021

Great morning volunteering with the NSDAR, Star of Destiny chapter at the Antioch Katy Community Cemetery.

Many do not know that Katy cemeteries were originally segregated. Last year this amazing group began supporting the cemetery through cleanups and hosting their first ever Wreaths Across America ceremony.

We knew that there were several grave stones that had been covered up and lost for many years, including Katy native and World War I veteran Adam Harris. Today his marker was found!

THANK YOU Adrienne and the Katy Heritage Society for providing historical documents that made this possible.

We had an awesome Parade yesterday and the main event is coming up starting this Friday!  Are you ready for the Katy Ric...
10/03/2021

We had an awesome Parade yesterday and the main event is coming up starting this Friday!

Are you ready for the Katy Rice Festival? Thank you to all our generous sponsors!!

We had an awesome Parade yesterday and the main event is coming up starting this Friday!

Are you ready for the Katy Rice Festival? Thank you to all our generous sponsors!!

I want to commend Mayor Hastings, City Staff, and my fellow Councilmembers. This week we unanimously approved both the n...
09/30/2021

I want to commend Mayor Hastings, City Staff, and my fellow Councilmembers. This week we unanimously approved both the new, balanced, budget for next fiscal year and our tax rate, which remains the same as last year.

To be clear, adopting budgets and tax rates is something all Texas cities are doing this time of year - but not all cities are using terms like "balanced budget" and "same tax rate". The past 18 months have brought light to many cities across our great state that have been poorly managed with policies that overextended their tax base. Now they are looking at deficit budgets, making difficult cuts, or raising taxes.

Katy, on the other hand, has a balanced budget that addresses many of the things residents have told me are most important:

✅It increases public safety by 12% and puts more police officers on the streets.

✅It makes permanent the Fire Department positions that were hired as part of a $2M SAFER grant.

✅It enables use of the capital reserve fund to put half a million dollars into our streets department including infrastructure improvement and street rehabilitation.

✅It puts an additional nearly $320,000 toward making our permitting and inspection process a good one for residents, business owners, and contractors.

✅Many more positive things for our community!

I’m happy to support this budget and I’m looking forward to a great fiscal year!

I want to commend Mayor Hastings, City Staff, and my fellow Councilmembers. This week we unanimously approved both the new, balanced, budget for next fiscal year and our tax rate, which remains the same as last year.

To be clear, adopting budgets and tax rates is something all Texas cities are doing this time of year - but not all cities are using terms like "balanced budget" and "same tax rate". The past 18 months have brought light to many cities across our great state that have been poorly managed with policies that overextended their tax base. Now they are looking at deficit budgets, making difficult cuts, or raising taxes.

Katy, on the other hand, has a balanced budget that addresses many of the things residents have told me are most important:

✅It increases public safety by 12% and puts more police officers on the streets.

✅It makes permanent the Fire Department positions that were hired as part of a $2M SAFER grant.

✅It enables use of the capital reserve fund to put half a million dollars into our streets department including infrastructure improvement and street rehabilitation.

✅It puts an additional nearly $320,000 toward making our permitting and inspection process a good one for residents, business owners, and contractors.

✅Many more positive things for our community!

I’m happy to support this budget and I’m looking forward to a great fiscal year!

Thank you Keep Katy Beautiful for everything you do! Happy Fall everyone!
09/28/2021

Thank you Keep Katy Beautiful for everything you do!

Happy Fall everyone!

Mayor Bill Hastings hit the nail on the head with this one. Kudos and THANK YOU to our amazing city staff that prepared ...
09/14/2021

Mayor Bill Hastings hit the nail on the head with this one. Kudos and THANK YOU to our amazing city staff that prepared Katy for the worst while we all hoped for the best.

Very thankful that this storm took a merciful path for the City of Katy… My prayers are with those who were more affected including areas of Louisiana that were just beginning to recover from the last storm.

It’s still hurricane season. Let’s all continue to stay prepared and weather-aware.

The first power outages are starting to hit Katy. About 50 addresses at 11:00pm. This link will take you to the tracker ...
09/14/2021

The first power outages are starting to hit Katy. About 50 addresses at 11:00pm. This link will take you to the tracker pictured. http://ow.ly/aLXt50G9lw3

Please sign up for the alerts in my previous post. CenterPoint is expecting widespread power outages.

The first power outages are starting to hit Katy. About 50 addresses at 11:00pm. This link will take you to the tracker pictured. http://ow.ly/aLXt50G9lw3

Please sign up for the alerts in my previous post. CenterPoint is expecting widespread power outages.

Timeline Photos
09/14/2021

Timeline Photos

💨 HIGH WINDS are expected as Nicholas makes landfall. These winds can blow tree limbs into power lines causing power outages, or high winds can break power lines or utility poles bringing down extensive portions of infrastructure that delivers power.

If your power outage is due to a major storm, you can utilize CenterPoint Energy’s Outage Center to sign up for alerts, report an outage and restoration estimates: https://bit.ly/3hnyj0B

For any tree limbs touching power lines or downed power lines, please call CenterPoint Energy at 713-207-2222. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE LIMB OR POWERLINE YOURSELF.

To report limbs in roadways, fallen trees or other debris hazards please contact Katy Public Works at 281-391-4820 or email [email protected].

When you call/email, please provide the following information if you can safely do so:
• The exact address of the location?
• Whether the injured tree or broken tree limb is contacting a power line or could it potentially fall on a power line?
• If there any other potentially dangerous situations evident, such as proximity to schools, playgrounds, or bodies of water, or if nearby wildlife livestock is nearby?
• If possible, please provide pictures or videos via email to help our crews assess the situation faster.

Stay safe Katy!
#ReadyKaty #KatyStrong #TropicalStormNicholas

Timeline Photos
09/13/2021

Timeline Photos

Due to the expected rain event with Tropical Storm Nicholas, we need the community’s assistance to ensure the roads are draining without any blockages:

⭕ Place trash cans up on the curb and not in the street

⭕ Do not place any loose garbage bags, bags of lawn clippings, branches or limbs near the sidewalk or curb that could float away if water gets above curb level

⭕ Try not to park in the street, but if you need to, please try not to park in front of any curb inlets

⭕Please be sure to store any items they may float or blow away during a weather event (basketball hoops, lawn furniture, etc.)

⭕ Stay safe and do not attempt to clear a catch basin if the street or intersection is flooded.

For immediate assistance with blocked drainage, please call Public Works at 281-391-4820 or email [email protected]

#ReadyKaty #KatyStrong #TogetherWeCan #TropicalStormNicholas

Tropical Storm Nicholas Update.
09/13/2021

Tropical Storm Nicholas Update.

09/12/2021
Emergency Notifications | City of Katy, TX

The first KTAlert just came out for Tropical Storm Nicholas. Did you get it?

💥💥If not, signup!💥💥

https://www.cityofkaty.com/government/city-departments/fire-department/office-of-emergency-management/emergency-notifications

In 2019, the City of Katy implemented a Mass Notification System known as KTALERT. This system uses a "reverse dialing" telephone method to notify members of the public with critical emergency information in situations where property or human life is in danger and inform subscribers of events affect...

Time to be weather-aware. ✅Public Works is actively checking all drainage systems throughout the city. ✅City generators ...
09/12/2021

Time to be weather-aware.

✅Public Works is actively checking all drainage systems throughout the city.
✅City generators for water and wastewater checked and prepared.
✅Builders have been notified to secure their sites to be storm ready.
💥💥Make sure you are signed up for KTAlerts at https://www.cityofkaty.com/government/city-departments/fire-department/office-of-emergency-management/emergency-notifications 💥💥

Tropical Storm #Nicholas Advisory 1: Tropical Storm Nicholas Forms in the Southwestern Gulf Of Mexico. Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches Issued For the Coasts Of Northeastern Mexico and Texas. http://go.usa.gov/W3H

09/11/2021

NEVER FORGET

Less than 30 days until the recently approved Truck Route goes into effect on October 1st!Katy Police Department has bee...
09/05/2021

Less than 30 days until the recently approved Truck Route goes into effect on October 1st!

Katy Police Department has been working to notify all area trucking companies of the new ordinance so they can enforce it on day 1.

Official - City of Katy Public Works has been busy putting up signs like these that direct commercial trucks around Katy’s residential areas.

Where have you spotted the new signs?

#PublicSafety

09/01/2021

The proposed 2021-22 City of Katy budget is a zero-based budget.
That means NO DEFICIT.

#SameTaxRate

09/01/2021

The proposed 2021-22 City of Katy budget increases the total Public Safety budget by 12%, accounting for 57% of the total general fund budget.

#PublicSafety
#SameTaxRate

09/01/2021

The proposed 2021-22 City of Katy budget implements the new Capital Improvement Plan for investments including:
💥Permitting/Inspections software
💥Underground infrastructure
💥Street Rehabilitation
💥City-wide Comprehensive Plan
#SameTaxRate

08/28/2021

The proposed 2021-22 City of Katy budget for Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue is 67% higher than the previous year, showing a strong pandemic recovery. HOT funds can be used for things like:

#WildWestBrewFest
#SouthlandConferenceTournament
#HistoricPreservationProjects

08/27/2021

The proposed 2021-22 City of Katy budget adds $134,000 to increase permitting/inspections PLUS $185,000 in software/IT enhancements to improve customer service.

#YouAreTheCustomer
#SameTaxRate

08/27/2021

The proposed 2021-22 City of Katy budget puts more cops on the street.

#PublicSafety
#SameTaxRate

08/27/2021

Imagine a city defunding its police department by millions of dollars, redirecting some of that money toward increasing abortions, and seeing a terrifying rise in violent crime. Next step? RAISING TAXES.

This is really happening in one Texas city, but it's NOT Katy!

#NotKaty
#NotOnMyWatch
#PublicSafety

08/25/2021

As many cities across Texas move to raise taxes, your Katy City Council took the first step to keeping our historically low rate.

As Ben Franklin famously said,  “the only sure things in life are Death and Taxes.”This year I have been closely watchin...
08/21/2021

As Ben Franklin famously said, “the only sure things in life are Death and Taxes.”

This year I have been closely watching a development in the State Legislature that will impact Katy’s sales tax revenue. In short, the change directs sales tax revenue based upon the delivery location of online purchases rather than the fulfillment location.

A prime example of this is the Amazon fulfillment center located along HWY 90 in Western Katy. Today, the City of Katy receives sales tax from ALL orders fulfilled from that location. When this change goes into effect, the City of Katy will only receive sales tax on orders that are delivered to addresses within the city limits. As you can imagine, that impact is significant because the fulfillment center serves a large area.

There was hope that the legislature would be able to delay this until 2023. However, due to recent developments, municipalities are being advised to consider this impact when finalizing the 2022 fiscal year budget.

I ran for City Council on a platform of fiscal conservatism. It is extremely important to me that the City of Katy is run efficiently, delivering the highest quality public services at the lowest possible cost to residents. This includes growing our public safety budget to meet the needs of our growing city as well as growth outside our city limits that presents legitimate concern for Katy residents.

While these legislative changes present a challenge for us, I am confident that our City Staff, whose track record of financial responsibility is outstanding, will continue to meet the needs of our growing city at our recently lowered tax rate of $0.447168 per $100.

This tax rate is on our Monday 8/23 City Council agenda to discuss, along with opportunity for a Public Hearing. If you have thoughts on this as a City of Katy resident, I would love to hear them and encourage you to be vocal about this important topic.

As Ben Franklin famously said, “the only sure things in life are Death and Taxes.”

This year I have been closely watching a development in the State Legislature that will impact Katy’s sales tax revenue. In short, the change directs sales tax revenue based upon the delivery location of online purchases rather than the fulfillment location.

A prime example of this is the Amazon fulfillment center located along HWY 90 in Western Katy. Today, the City of Katy receives sales tax from ALL orders fulfilled from that location. When this change goes into effect, the City of Katy will only receive sales tax on orders that are delivered to addresses within the city limits. As you can imagine, that impact is significant because the fulfillment center serves a large area.

There was hope that the legislature would be able to delay this until 2023. However, due to recent developments, municipalities are being advised to consider this impact when finalizing the 2022 fiscal year budget.

I ran for City Council on a platform of fiscal conservatism. It is extremely important to me that the City of Katy is run efficiently, delivering the highest quality public services at the lowest possible cost to residents. This includes growing our public safety budget to meet the needs of our growing city as well as growth outside our city limits that presents legitimate concern for Katy residents.

While these legislative changes present a challenge for us, I am confident that our City Staff, whose track record of financial responsibility is outstanding, will continue to meet the needs of our growing city at our recently lowered tax rate of $0.447168 per $100.

This tax rate is on our Monday 8/23 City Council agenda to discuss, along with opportunity for a Public Hearing. If you have thoughts on this as a City of Katy resident, I would love to hear them and encourage you to be vocal about this important topic.

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