Houston Mayor Wants Tax Increase To Help With Harvey Costs

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Mayor Turner Proposes Emergency Property Tax Hike for One Year

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wants Houston property owners to chip in with higher taxes to help the city recover from Hurricane Harvey.

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

The mayor tells the Houston Chronicle if this isn't an emergency, "I don't know what is".

Debris collection alone is expected to cost $200 million, and FEMA will cover 90 percent of the cost. Before passing the tax increase, the city is required to hold three public hearings, which, if City Council agrees to put the proposal in motion Wednesday, would be held September 26 at 6 p.m., October 3 at 6 p.m. and October 11 at 9 a.m.

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. It would take effect in January 2018 and continue for one year.

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