Houston Mayor Wants Tax Increase To Help With Harvey Costs

Mayor Turner Proposes Emergency Property Tax Hike for One Year

Thanks to a possible tax increase, Houston's latest clean up after Harvey may be your wallet

To move along the city's Harvey relief efforts, Mayor Sylvester Turner is seeking an 8.9 percent hike in property taxes for one year.

He estimates it would raise around $110 million - money which could be used to fix damaged city property and buildings.

The almost 9 percent tax hike is in spite of the city's revenue cap, which limits the amount of property taxes the city can collect from homeowners - a political hot button that has been largely up for debate this year. Turner says the extra money would cover expenses not reimbursed by federal programs and help pay for debris removal, the loss of 334 city vehicles, repairs to City Hall and a courts building and two sewage treatment plants.

The mayor tells the Houston Chronicle if this isn't an emergency, "I don't know what is". The City of Houston already voted to allot $20 million to recovery from its rainy day fund, exhausting the available funds.

On a $225,000 home, this increase would equate to about $10 per month in additional taxes paid - approximately $118 more over the course of a year.

If the proposal goes through it would start January 2018.

If Houston's City Council agrees to consider the increase, it would do so on October 18 and after three public hearings.

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