Bryan City Council approves 2017 budget, talks buyout program for flood victims

Bryan City Council approves the 2017 Budget and discusses a flood buyout program.

BRYAN, Texas - After a heated council meeting last week, the Bryan City Council came together again Tuesday for a final reading of the 2017 budget, which passed unanimously. 

Mayor Jason Bienski and Councilman Ben Hardeman walked out of the previous meeting over disagreements regarding questions about the budget. 

The budget, which goes into effect Oct. 1, is nearly $395 million. 

Also on Tuesday, the city engineers made a presentation to the council about a potential buyout program for homes affected by flooding. 

The engineers drafted a version of the program, which is similar to one in Austin. 

It would allow the city to buy homes from people in flood-prone areas  and help them relocate to areas with a lower risk. 

"The ones that are flooded consistently, no matter if they've got insurance or not, some people can't afford insurance," said Councilman Mike Southerland. "We need to get those out of the flood plain and get those people into another house so they're not flooded all the time. Not only is it a hazard for them, a health hazard, but the fire department's got to deal with going to get those people."

The draft will go before the council where it could be modified before any voting takes place on it. 

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