Mayor adamant one-time property tax increase needed

- “We pray for them every morning before we even come out,” said solid waste supervisor Janice Simmons. “That everybody just work with us because we’re trying to work with you.”

Being a City of Houston solid waste employee after Harvey is a difficult grind to be in.

“We have exhausted employees and frustrated residents so when you put those two together it don’t match,” explained Simmons.

“Under the revenue cap that was put in place, it allows the exception to increase the tax rate for emergencies,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. ”If this is not an emergency, I don’t know what an emergency is."

With a price tag exceeding $200 million to get rid of all the storm debris, Mayor Turner wants taxpayers to foot the bill with a one-time 8.9 percent property tax increase.

“The municipal court is out because of floodwater,” added Mayor Turner.

The proposed increase means someone with a home appraised at $220,000 would pay around $10 dollars or less a month more than they currently are.

Some residents feel the one-time increase is fair, while others are crying foul.

“I understand it costs, I understand it’s not the favorable thing to do, but I do know it’s the right thing to do because they need this taken away,” said District B Houston City Councilman Jerry Davis.

Meanwhile, there seems to be no end in sight for the municipal employees in the trenches trying to rid the city of all the eyesores Harvey left behind.

“This is a hazard to the residents, everybody involved, even us that’s working out here every day because the smell is so horrible,” added Simmons.

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