Welcome to the City of West Orange, Texas
2700 Western Avenue , West Orange, Texas 77630-6136 ** 409.883.3468
Mayor Roy McDonald
Over the years, West Orange has weathered many storms, and each time, I continue to be amazed and very grateful for the support and unity shown by our residents and employees. Our city is blessed with so many caring individuals who do not hesitate to set aside their own burdens in order to assist others.
It will not happen overnight, but we will rebuild…the mounds of debris will go away…we will come back stronger and more determined than ever. Thank you all for your perseverance, your hard work, your patience and most of all your faith…your faith in God, in yourselves, in those around you and in our town.
PERMIT WAIVERS EXTENDED
ONCE AGAIN IN WEST ORANGE
During its meeting of April 9, 2018, the West Orange City Council voted to again extend all temporary housing permits issued within the City for an additional ninety (90) days. Anyone living in an RV, motor home or other type of temporary home who has obtained the required permit will not have to request an extension at the end of their initial permit period. They will automatically be granted a 90-day extension from the expiration day of said permit.
During this meeting, Council also voted to extend for an additional 90-day period the waiver of permit fees for any projects necessary in rebuilding due to Hurricane Harvey.
A Facebook page has been created for the benefit
of West Orange residents:
Please post your hurricane stories and photos here.
MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL ISSUE PROCLAMATIONS
During the April 9th, 2018 City Council meeting, the following proclamations were issued by the Mayor and City Council:
Recognizing April, 2018 as “FAIR HOUSING MONTH” in the City of West Orange
Recognizing April, 2018 as “NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH” in the City of West Orange
Recognizing May, 2018 as “MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH” in the City of West Orange
To read each proclamation, simply “click” on the underlined link.
23-27 Early Voting by Personal Appearance for City of West Orange Special Election
(7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mon; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tues- Fri)
30 Early Voting by Personal Appearance for City of West Orange Special Election
(7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. )
1 Last day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance for City of West Orange Special Election
(8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m)
5 Election Day – West Orange City Hall – Polls open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
14 West Orange City Council meeting (5:00 p.m.)
28 City Hall closed in observance of Memorial Day
11 West Orange City Council meeting (5:00 p.m.)
4 City Hall closed in observance of Independence Day
9 West Orange City Council meeting (5:00 p.m.)
2018 ELECTION INFORMATION
A “Certificate of Unopposed Candidates” was presented to the West Orange City Council at its March 5, 2018 meeting by City Secretary Theresa Van Meter. As incumbents for the 2018 General Election, Shirley Bonnin, Dale Dardeau and Michael Shugart, Sr. drew no opposition, this certification enabled Council to then pass Ordinance No. 436, which cancelled the May 5, 2018 General Election. These council members are thereby considered re-elected by acclamation.
The Special Election, placing before the voters the reauthorization of the 1/4% local sales and use tax for street maintenance, as well as four proposed City Charter amendments will be held as previously called. You may read the details of this Special Election by viewing the “Notice of Special Election.”
CITY BUDGET INFORMATION
2017-2018 FY BUDGET AMENDED
During its March 5, 2018 meeting, the West Orange City Council voted to amend the 2017-2018 FY budget. To see this amended document, click here.
CITY OF WEST ORANGE
ADOPTS 2017-2018 FY BUDGET
The West Orange City Council met in Regular Session on Monday, September 11, 2017 to discuss and take action on, among other items, the 2017-18 FY budget and 2017 property tax rate. The budget was unanimously adopted by those present.
The tax rate was increased from $0.4250 per $100 assessed value to $0.4500 per $100 assessed value.
THIS TAX RATE WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE.
THIS TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 1.58% AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $7.01.
COMMUNITY CENTER rental information is available here.
You may now pay your garbage bill and apply and pay for building permits on-line. Click on the “ON-LINE PAYMENTS” tab on the top of the home page and follow the instructions from there.
At its Monday, April 13, 2015 meeting, the West Orange City Council adopted a new ordinance that establishes requirements for residential rental property to be registered and inspected annually. For a copy of the RENTAL REGISTRATION/INSPECTION APPLICATION, click here.
Also at this meeting, the City’s Ordinance which regulates garbage disposal was amended. To see the newly-revised ORDINANCE, click here. For a copy of the APPLICATION FOR SOLID WASTE PICKUP SERVICES, click here.
The WEST ORANGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is now seeking applicants for membership in the department. Interested individuals must be at least 18 years of age, be of good moral character, live within 5 miles of the city limits of West Orange and have a valid Texas driver’s license. Applicants must be willing to commit time to the department and the City by faithfully attending and participating in drills and various training sessions. Applications are available at West Orange City Hall, 2700 Western Avenue, West Orange, Texas or click here.
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT On July 25, 2011 at a legally held, open session, regular council meeting, the City of West Orange City Council appointed the following members to the “Fair Housing Activity Statement – Texas” (FHAST) Work Group: Group One members include (2): Council Member Shirley Bonnin Director of Public Works Michael Stelly. Group Two members include (3): Protected class member Billie Trahan, Affordable Housing provider Don Kreymer, School District Member Ruth Hancock.