Mayor Cuts Storm Tax Proposal in Half

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is cutting in half his proposed post-Harvey temporary tax.

Turner says he’ll seek about $50 million in property tax revenues for storm recovery – slashing his original proposal of a 9 percent to generate $110 million. That money was to be used for emergency purposes, the mayor said.

He made the announcement Wednesday after a backlash from the original plan.

Turner told Houston City Council members that FEMA reimbursement rates are higher than expected.

According to City Hall, the revised tax proposal would cost about $4 more per month for a house worth $225,000.

FEMA bumped up Houston's rate for cleanup to $11.69 per cubic yard, up from $7.69. Houston curbs still have about 8 million cubic yards of debris top pick up – a process that will take the rest of the year or more.

There will be three public hearings on Turner’s tax proposal:

--6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.

--6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2.

--9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.

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