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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. During my first term, I chaired the Flooding and Drainage Committee and worked to secure dedicated funding for infrastructure maintenance and improvements. 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.

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. Further, I serve as 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.

In addition to my committee work, I have been working to increase food access into underserved areas, known as food deserts, where there are no grocery stores. The lack of fresh food exponentially increases a person’s chances of suffering from diet related diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. My staff and I are collaborating with local grocers to bring supermarkets into food deserts in hopes that current and future generations have access to fresh, healthy food.

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, 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

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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