Mayor Wants One-Year Tax Hike for Harvey Recovery


Mayor Sylvester Turner has called for a temporary tax hike of almost 9 percent to help fund for Harvey relief.

Turner's proposal is a temporary tax increase in property taxes for one year.

Houston's tax rate of 58.6 cents per $100 in valuation would increase to 63.8 cents.

For a Houston home valued at $225,000, the tax would add about $117 for one year, the city sauid -- about $10 a month for 12 months.

The city's revenue cap on property tax wouldn't apply here because of Houston's emergency declaration.

Houston's current rate is the lowest in 30 years, according to Turner's office.

The tax hike would raise $110 million in one year. The revenue would be used to offset post-Harvey efforts that FEMA doesn't fully pay for or fully reimburse; to replace more than 300 vehicles lost or ruined by flooding; and police/fire overtime pay.

Three public hearings will be conducted  on the proposal:

--Sept. 26.

--Oct. 3.

--Oct. 11.



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