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Council At-Large Position 1

Council Member Stephen CostelloGreetings! Welcome to my city council website.

I am privileged to serve you in my third term as an At-Large City Council Member. First elected in December 2009, I entered public service with a background as a civil engineer and drainage specialist.

I currently serve as chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, which considers all fiscal matters related to the city’s $5 billion budget. I am also the chair of the Transportation Policy Council of the Houston-Galveston Area Council which provides policy guidance and overall coordination of the transportation planning activities within the region. Improving mobility in and around Houston is critical for future economic growth and development.

As a runner and tri-athlete, quality of life issues are very important to me, and I am working to ensure that Houston continues its strong commitment to health and wellness, parks and green space, and protecting the environment. Houston has been my home for the past 30 years. I am very proud to live and work in this city. Every day I am inspired by the generosity, resourcefulness, ingenuity and friendliness of Houstonians.

I hope you find my website useful. My staff and I are here to serve you and to be your advocates at City Hall. Please let us know how we can help you with any city-related matter or how you feel about any issue coming before City Council. Call us at 832.393.3014, email us at atlarge1@houstontx.gov, or fill out our online form. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Stephen C. Costello
Houston City Council 
At-Large, Position 1

Texas 84th Legislature

Several bills impacting Houston have been filed during the regular session of the 84th legislature.

  • The city of Houston's pension contribution payment for Fiscal Year 2015 is $358 million, a $62 million increase over the previous fiscal year.  Pension payments continue to rise, and while the city is responsible for making the payments, ultimately the state has control over pension benefits for city employees.  To address this issue, Rep. Jim Murphy filed House Bill 2608 which returns local control to the municipalities responsible for paying pension contributions.  House Bill 2608 was recently referred to the House Committee on Pensions. 
  • As Mayor Parker’s appointed city representative tasked with increasing fresh food access in Houston, my office is closely monitoring several bills related to this issue. House Bill 1485, filed Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, establishes a revolving fund for grocery stores located in low access food areas, or more commonly referred to as food deserts. Senate Bill 1590, by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, is the companion bill to HB 1485, and seeks to also set up a fund to help alleviate food deserts. 

Budget & Fiscal Affairs Committee

All fiscal matters and initiatives to improve management and efficiency of City service delivery. The committee’s scope will include Annual Budgets and Debt Model, Monthly Financial and Operations Report, Quarterly Investment Report, matters related to Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, regulated utilities, strategic purchasing and other procurement processes. The Committee will also receive quarterly reports on the three pension systems that provide defined benefit plans for City employees.

Your tax dollars at work. Visit the Mayor’s Fiscal Responsibility page to see how your property taxes are spent: My Tax Dollars at Work.

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