HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — How much money Houstonians pay in taxes and whether that could change was the topic of Wednesday’s city council meeting.
It has to do with the revenue cap, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wants to change it again. He said it was in the best interests of public safety.
“I fully support it because I think it makes financial sense,” Turner said Wednesday.
For years the city of Houston has had a revenue cap, so there is a limit to how much money the city can collect from taxpayers.
“I don’t see how we’re going to fund our fire and police departments after all this government money that we’ve received from the federal government is gone,” said Michael Kubosh, councilor at vacant position 3.
In the past, Turner has asked for a cap change due to the sales cap restricting it.
This is not a new problem. The city has struggled to balance the budget over the years, and they’ve gotten creative to make it work. Most recently, Houston used a large portion of the COVID-19 relief dollars raised at Wednesday’s meeting.
“I think given that these federal dollars are going to run out and the needs of the city, particularly in terms of public safety, are not diminished. And there has to be money for it,” Turner said.
What’s next? The voters have the opportunity to have a say.
“I’m going to bring it to you for a vote next November and then voters can decide. An exception. An exception for police and firefighters,” said Turner.
Turner wants this revenue cap change. He doesn’t have to face voters, however, as his term expires at the end of next year.
This issue will likely end up on the ballot papers at the same time as people vote on his successor in November 2023.
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https://abc13.com/houston-county-elections-voter-information-mayor-sylvester-turner-property-tax-rate/12298453/ Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wants the revenue cap to be adjusted in the “best interest of public safety.”