Cy-Fair Edition | November 2020

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News from Harris County & Jersey Village

Harris County set to adopt tax rates

City considers using tax zone as flooding tool

TRACKING TAXES Proposed tax rates in Harris County were slated to be adopted Oct. 27. down from $0.40713 in 2019 HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT $0.03142 up from $0.02792 in 2019 HARRIS HEALTH SYSTEM $0.16671 up from $0.16591 in 2019 PORT OF HOUSTON AUTHORITY $0.00991 down from $0.01074 in 2019 HARRIS COUNTY GENERAL FUND $0.39116

BY SHAWN ARRAJJ

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

discussions for the TIRZ involved roughly 32 homes on Jersey Drive. City Manager Austin Bleess said there is currently not a strong financial incentive for builders to tear down and rebuild the Jersey Drive properties. With a TIRZ in place, the city would be able to purchase and raze the homes and would have flexibility on offering incentives or discounts to builders to build new structures. Following the discussion, coun- cil members took no action. Details on the TIRZ still need to be hashed out, and council directed city staff to look into setting up a town hall.

HARRIS COUNTY As of press time, Harris County commissioners were slated to adopt a property tax rate Oct. 27 that will lower the overall property tax burden in the county while providing more money specifi- cally for flood control projects. Commissioners unanimously agreed at a Sept. 29 meeting to propose an overall Harris County tax rate of $0.5992 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2020-21, a decrease from the rate of $0.6117 per $100 of valua- tion in FY 2019-20. The tax rate for the Harris County Flood Control District was set to increase from $0.02792 per $100 valuation in FY 2019-20 to $0.03142 for FY 2020-21. Harris County Budget Director Dave Berry said the tax rate increase for the HCFCD is necessary to avoid an $18.6 million funding cut. Because the tax rates for Har- ris County did not exceed the no-new-revenue rates, the rates will not need to be included in a public

JERSEY VILLAGE The city of Jer- sey Village is looking into creating a new tax increment reinvestment zone within the city, which officials said could help flood mitigation efforts move forward. The discussion took place at a Sept. 21 virtual meeting of Jersey Village City Council. The potential TIRZ would help the city with “teardown-rebuild” efforts, a type of flood mitigation that involves tearing down homes and building homes in their place which are better suited to withstanding flooding. Early

SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

hearing prior to the court’s vote. The tax rates for the HCFCD and the Harris Health System were discussed in an Oct. 20 public hearing. Under the new tax rates, a home with a taxable value of $180,000 would see an overall tax bill decrease of $22.

MEETINGSWE COVER

Jersey Village City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. 713-466-2100 www.jerseyvillagetx.com

Harris County Commissioners Court will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 10. 713-698-1102 www.harriscountytx.gov

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