At Houston Business Connections Magazine© we are currently putting together our roster of clients for the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 General Elections and the Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Democratic and Republican Primaries for Texas.You do not have to have any previous political experience or political connections to have us promote your campaign as your media partner. However, you must be qualified to run for the office you are seeking and find value in the services we provide. INCUMBENTS ARE WELCOME: If you are an incumbent who would like to promote your successes -- we would be more than happy to assist you with your branding needs. LAST DAY TO FILE IS QUICKLY APPROACHING: The last day to file for a place on the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 General Election Ballot is Monday, August 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. – LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE: You must register to vote in this election by Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING: We strongly encourage all our readers to vote early. So the first day of early voting is Monday, October 23, 2017 (17th day before election day falls on a Saturday, first day moves to next business day) – LAST DAY OF EARLY VOTING: The last day you can vote early is Friday, November 3, 2017 – ELECTION DAY: Every vote matters. So please vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies). THE MARCH 6, 2018 PRIMARIES: The "2017 DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES" will take place on the same day! EARLY VOTING: It is vitally important that each political party assembles a very good slate of candidates. So, it is imperative that you vote in your primary of your choice. Early voting will begin on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and end Friday, March 2, 2018. And please don't forget that "THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS" will be the last time "STRAIGHT TICKET VOTING" will be allowed in the state of Texas. Also, Houston Business Connections Magazine© is currently working on our “POWER RANKINGS” for the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 General Election for Missouri City, Texas and the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Houston Independent School District (HISD) School Board Elections. Call (832)212-8735 for more information. Call (281)788-3033 if you are a candidate in need of branding, marketing, strategy, campaign sign placement/monitoring, or any other campaign related questions.

Friday, May 15, 2015

PEOPLE: At-Large Council Member Stephen Costello Recently Discussed Mayor Annise Parker's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

CITY HAPPENINGS: Houston City Council At-Large Position 1 Member Stephen Costello Recently Sent Us This Update on Mayor Annise Parker’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget


The mayor released her administration's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget on May 12, 2015. The tax-supported General Fund budget is $2.4 billion. Combined with self-supporting enterprise funds (airport, water and sewer) and other special funds, the city's overall budget is $5.1 billion. The General Fund budget increased $130 million over last year-over 90 percent of this increase due to contractually-mandated obligations (pensions, salaries) and required transfers. Property tax relief for seniors is included in the proposed budget as well as $2.8 million for body cameras for Houston police officers, salary increases for police, an additional $2 million for maintenance and renewal of city-owned facilities, and a $128 million transfer to street and drainage capital projects.

The Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, which I chair, will hold a series of budget workshops open to the public beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Department directors will review their budgets and answer questions from council members and interested citizens. The budget outlines the city's plan to spend your tax dollars, so please let me know your priorities. Plan to attend a workshop or email your questions to atlarge1@houstontx.gov

It is an honor to serve you on City Council.

Stephen C. Costello
Chair, Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: "We must become more active participants in the process of choosing the people who govern over us on the local, state, and federal level."

FINAL NOTES: Our "CELEBRATING FREEDOM AND LIBERTY" edition of Houston Business Connections Magazine will be released on Friday, June 19, 2015. This edition will highlight "JUNETEENTH" and "THE FOURTH OF JULY" holidays.

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