A majority of Harris County Commissioners Court members wanted to raise the property tax rate. It will end up being lowered. Republicans Jack Cagle and Steve Radack, who were against a rate increase proposed by the court's three Democrats, skipped Tuesday's meeting to prevent the state-required quorum needed to levy a tax. The county will revert to the effective tax rate as a result, meaning the rate will decrease by about 3 percent to 61.17 cents per $100 of assessed value. County Judge Lina Hidalgo, along with fellow Democrats Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia, had proposed to increase the county's property tax rate for the first time in more than 20 years. Their proposal was to bump the rate from 62.998 cents per $100 valuation to 65.260, an increase of 3.59 percent … [Read more...] about Outnumbered Republicans outmaneuver Democrats on county tax rate
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The two Republicans on the Harris County Commissioners Court are outnumbered. But they can still beat the three Democrats on the contentious issue of residential property taxes. All they have to do is leave the court shorthanded next week. In order for the court to levy a county tax, the Texas Government Code requires at least four members to be present at a regular scheduled meeting. Its next meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, when the Harris County commissioners are set to vote on what would be the county’s first property tax increase in more than 20 years. It is unclear whether Republicans Jack Cagle and Steve Radack, who oppose the proposed increase supported by County Judge Lina Hidalgo and fellow Democrats Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia, will be on hand. Their meeting is … [Read more...] about County commissioners to vote on tax increase … if they show up
By The Office of Alan Rosen email@example.com The temperatures might not indicate it yet, but fall is here. These first few weeks of school have flown by and we are now into October. Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen would like to remind you about the importance of remaining vigilant when driving around schools, whether they are in session or not. School zones exist for a reason. They were not designed to be a hindrance to your daily activity. School zones, and the lower speed limit they require at certain times during the day, are meant to protect children and other pedestrians coming and going from schools. The maximum speed limits they require should be observed so that drivers have more time to react should a child dart out in front of a … [Read more...] about Constable’s Corner: Drivers should be especially cautious near schools
Alice Bohlae knew her property had flooded when she purchased it in 2011, and it flooded again four years later. Her Oak Grove home was spared during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, however, and she thought a nearby storm drainage project that was in the works at the time might have been a contributing factor. Now, though, it doesn’t seem to have helped at all. Less than a year after the City of Houston completed the first phase of the Garden Oaks and Shepherd Park Drainage and Paving project, a $23 million infrastructure update designed to improve drainage and mitigate structural flooding in the area, Bohlae’s property in the 900 block of Judiway Street flooded more severely than it ever had before. The front house where her 94-year-old mother lives took on a few feet of water Sept. 19, … [Read more...] about Did drainage project help, hurt or have no impact?
Roxanne Werner said Harris County rejected about 2,500 provisional ballots in last November’s election, because the voters who tried to cast those ballots did so at polling precincts where they were not registered. There will be no such rejections in this November’s election. Every voter in the county can cast a ballot at any of its polling places, regardless of the precinct where they registered. Werner is an Oak Forest resident and spokesperson for the office of Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman, who is in charge of administering a 2019 election that includes races for Houston mayor and city council, seats on school boards, a spot in the Texas Legislature and 10 amendments to the state constitution. During both early voting from Oct. 21-Nov. 1 and on Nov. 5, Werner said Harris … [Read more...] about New voting parameters aim to make election easier