BELTON — The city of Belton had another year of population growth, according to the city’s end-of-year estimate.

As of Jan. 1, the city’s population increased to 19,314, according to an estimate prepared by the city’s planning department. A year ago, the population was estimated to be 18,981.

The estimated total is based on data available through the U.S. Census, which is combined with building permits and annexations, Planning Director Erin Newcomer said in a report to the Belton City Council.

The estimate represents “a standard and conservative methodology,” Newcomer said, in which the department took the city’s last Census population of 18,216, and then accounted for new constructions and demolitions since 2010. The calculation also included data from the total number of city dwellings, with occupancy units, and a multiplier that factored in the average number of people per household.

Vacancy rates, also drawn from Census data, were included as well, she said.

According to the city’s January estimate, Belton has seen about a 6 percent increase in population since 2010.

The council will consider adopting the estimate at its Tuesday’s meeting.

Also Tuesday, the council is expected to consider:

  • Authorizing staff to execute a contract with Clark and Fuller, PLLC, for services related to reconstruction, pedestrian improvements and drainage improvements along 24th Avenue.
  • Approving the purchase of a custom cab pumper fire truck for the Belton Fire Department as part of the city’s capital improvement plan
  • Approving a proposal to demolish or relocate structures at 807 W. Ninth Ave.
  • Authorizing staff to sign the terms and conditions of the agreement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the Nolan Creek Recreation and Flood Mitigation Project.

The council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Harris Community Center, 401 N. Alexander St.

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I smell annexation.

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