The Humble City Council held back-to-back hearings last week on a proposed 2017 average property tax increase of about 7.4 percent for an average property in Humble and for its proposed budget for 2018. The hearings were immediately followed by a council meeting where the proposed budget was approved.
In accordance with Texas law, the proposed tax rate increase must have a second public hearing before it can be approved. A second public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. A vote to approve it is expected at the next council meeting, Sept. 28.
A new tax rate of $ 0.22541 per $100 valuation has been proposed, an increase of 1.5 cents per $100 valuation, said Mayor Merle Aaron. He explained that he has talked with other municipalities in the area and he knows, even with the proposed rate increase, that the Humble valuation rate is not very large compared to others.
Councilman David Pierce expressed concern for all the businesses that have been damaged and closed as a result of Hurricane Harvey. He noted that he personally could account for 45 businesses that were seriously damaged or closed and hoped they would all be able to get back on their feet. He urged everyone to support them with their business and pointed out that their recovery or difficulty in recovering could have serious consequences to both the revenue side and the expense side of the proposed budget.
City Manager Darrell Boeske advised that the City of Humble has instituted a hiring and replacement freeze on jobs for at least six months and has put all non-essential capital expenditures on hold for six months until the magnitude of the floods can be determined.
There being no further discussion on the 2018 Budget, Aaron adjourned the hearing and immediately opened the normally scheduled city council meeting. The Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for the City of Humble was approved unanimously. In other business the council:
- Approved extending the Disaster Declaration issued by mayoral proclamation on Aug. 27 and continued on Sept. 3. Aaron explained that this was needed to facilitate administrative dealing with FEMA and other disaster relief organizations.
- Re-approved a previously approved development plat of Trey Tec because the original approval had “timed out.”
- Approved a subdivision plat of TPG Will Clayton Replat No. 4, a subdivision of 5.077 acres of land located in the Wherry B. Adams Survey.
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