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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule: The City of Jamaica Beach City Hall Offices will be closed for the Holiday starting at Noon on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 thru Friday, November 23, 2018. City Offices will re-open on Monday, November 26, 2018.

 

Notice to Bidders: The City of Jamaica Beach, TX is accepting bids for Culvert Cleaning Services.  All bids must be sealed and marked "RFP 2018-5 Culvert Cleaning" and received by the City Administrator at City Hall by 11:00 AM on November 29, 2018. All inquires, including obtaining a copy of the RFP, should be directed to the City Administrator at (409) 737-1142. Click here to read the Notice to Bidders.

 

Mandatory Water Conservation Restrictions for the Galveston Area: The City of Jamaica Beach purchases its water from Galveston, therefore, JB is under the same restrictions. The City of Galveston will be under mandatory water conservation restrictions beginning Monday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. as its water supplier assesses a water leak in a line serving many municipal customers.

 

The Gulf Coast Water Authority intends to mobilize maintenance crews on Monday, Nov. 12, to determine a repair plan. The water authority will shut down the line during the assessment, and water will be re-routed to the City of Galveston through other water lines. Depending on the outcome of the assessment, the repair plan may vary and change the restriction schedule.

 

At this time, from Monday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 17, the City of Galveston will be under mandatory water conservation restrictions. Under these restrictions, residents and businesses should avoid unnecessary water uses, including watering a lawn or washing a car. Residents should take other steps to curb water use, such as only doing laundry when they have a full load or after altering the water level. There shall not be any flushing of the City’s fire hydrant system and contractors working on City projects shall not provide any service that will conflict with the City’s water conservation mode.

 

The 42” water line operated by the Gulf Coast Water Authority serves customers in Galveston, Jamaica Beach, Tiki Island, Bayou Vista, Hitchcock and Santa Fe, as well as portions of La Marque, Dickinson and League City.

 

For water conservation tips, please visit https://www.galvestontx.gov/779/Water-Conservation-Tips. Follow the Gulf Coast Water Authority on social media for updated repair information next week. The City of Galveston will also provide updates to keep our residents informed.

 

NASA Flight Testing: For two weeks starting November 5th, NASA will be flying a research aircraft at supersonic speed over Jamaica Beach/Galveston area during the mornings and/or afternoons. Usually, an aircraft flying that fas makes a very loud sonic "boom" sound. But for these tests, NASA is flying a unique pattern that creates a much quieter sound over the land. Have questions? NASA Representatives are available in person here at Jamaica Beach City Hall, by phone at (281) 483-5111, and online at www.nasa.gov/qsfscientist.

 

Notice to Bidders: The City of Jamaica Beach, TX is accepting bids for Bank Depository Services.  All bids must be sealed and marked "RFP 2018-4 Bank Depository" and received by the City Administrator at City Hall by 11:00 AM on November 20, 2018. All inquires should be directed to the City Secretary at (409) 737-1142. Click here to read the Notice to Bidders.

 

FY 2018-2019 Budget: The City of Jamaica Beach Council adopted the FY 2018-2019 Budgets during the Regular Called Meeting on Monday, September 17, 2018. To view a copy of budgets click on the following: General Fund Budget or Municipal Services Budget.

 

2018 Tax Year Property Tax Rate: A tax rate of $0.197135 per $100 of property valuation was adopted by the City of Jamaica Beach Council on Monday, September 17, 2018.

     Proposed Tax Rate $0.197135 per $100

     Preceding Year's Tax Rate $0.193754 per $100

     Effective Tax Rate $0.197135 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Jamaica Beach from the same properties in both the 2017 tax year and the 2018 tax year. Click here to view a copy of the Tax Rate Ordinance levying Ad Valorem Taxes for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018.

 

Go Green - Paperless Billing: Water Customers can now sign-up for Paperless Billing! Please visit the City of Jamaica Beach Online Services link to register.

 

Hurricane Season: Hurricane Season started June 1st!  Please visit the City of Jamaica Beach Emergency Preparedness link to sign-up for emergency notifications and/or for helpful information and links related to emergency preparedness.

 

Official Facebook Page: The City of Jamaica Beach has created an Official Facebook Page for posting announcements of City Council meetings, events, committee and/or board notices; matters appearing on the Council Agendas; specific factual information concerning the city and/or policies; and city department notifications. Important Notice regarding the City's Facebook Page: The City of Jamaica Beach is not responsible for the content nor endorses any site which has a link from our FB page. All content, comments and replies posted are subject to the Freedom of Information Act and all Texas Open Records laws; the City of Jamaica Beach reserves the right to remove any messages or postings.  The City of Jamaica Beach reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of its policies or any applicable laws.  Social Networking content or comments containing any of the following will not be allowed for posting: comments or material not topically related to the site or article being commented upon; profane, vulgar, offensive language or obscene content; content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation; personal attacks, insults or threatening or harassing language; political or religious advocacy or commentary. Comments cannot serve electoral campaign purposes. Political messages will not be published except for announcements of city elections or voter encouragement campaigns; support or opposition for any ballot issue or candidate for office; and promotion or advertisement of any businesses or commercial enterprises, unless they are providing support to city services.

Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) is imposed on the rental of a room or space costing $15.00 or more each day for State reporting and $2.00 or more each day for Local reporting. Any person leasing their house(s), or room in their house, as a Short Term Rental must collect the tax from their customers in the same way a hotel or motel collects the tax from their guests. The HOT rate in Jamaica Beach is 15% (6% to State and 9% to Local) of the cost of the room.  Please visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website for more information and/or State reporting. Download the city's Hotel Occupancy Tax Form for Local reporting and remitting. Please file reports, even if no tax was collected, by due date to avoid State and Local penalties.

For Sale: The City of Jamaica Beach has "New" JB Flags, T-Shirts, Hot & Cold Tumblers, & 40th Anniversary Koozie for sale benefitting the Jamaica Beach Park Board!! Golf Cart Flags: 1-$20, 2-$35 or 3-$45; Flags: $35; T-shirts: $15 each or 2-$25; Koozies: 1-$3, 2-$5 or 5-$10; 40th Anniversary Koozies: $1 each!!  Items for sale at City Hall, Park Board Events, or City Pool (during operating Season). 

 

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