News from Jersey Village & Harris County
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Livestreams can be accessed via websites. Jersey Village City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. 713-466-2100 www.jerseyvillagetx.com Harris County Commissioners Court will meet at 10 a.m. on Oct. 13. 713-698-1102 www.harriscountytx.gov MEETINGSWE COVER COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS HARRIS COUNTY Harris County Emergency Services District No. 9 announced it was canceling its November election after two board members chose to resign, freeing up spaces on the board for the two newcomers seeking to be elected. Commissioners Bob Janusaitis and Jessica Rivas both stepped down prior to an August meeting. Janusaitis already declined to run for re-election and would have stepped down at the end of his term in November either way. New Commissioners Bevin Gordon and William McDougal were sworn in at the board’s August meeting. Commissioner David Langenberg, who was running for re-election, will retain his seat as well. HARRIS COUNTY Harris County Commissioners Court approved $2.2 million to support survivors of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic at a Sept. 15 meeting. The funding will establish a Harris County COVID-19 Domestic Violence Assistance program to bridge gaps in assistance for survivors by providing an array of services. Funding may be used by eligible nonprots to support needs such as child care, food assistance, transportation assistance, living supplies, and rental and utility assistance. More information on the application process and criteria is expected to be released in October.
JerseyVillage to lower tax rate, increase total taxes collected
Facility planned to help homeless inHouston area HARRIS COUNTY A partnership launched in September between the city of Houston and Harris County to open a new facility to help the area’s homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Respite, Rehabilitation and Re-entry Center targets individuals who are homeless and have signif- icant mental health issues, Harris Center CEO Wayne Young said. It will serve roughly 108 people at a time with services such as rehabil- itation, counseling, mental health services, and help with housing and employment. Young said the facility will also help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The goal is to have a grand opening in November, he said. “The timing is critical so we can diminish the impact of COVID[-19] in this population,” Young said. The location targeted for the facility is 6160 South Loop E., Houston, within the former Pine Valley Spe- cialty Hospital. The city of Houston and Harris County are looking to contribute $5 million each to purchase and renovate the property and cover the cost of services for one year.
A CLOSER LOOK The property tax on a home of average value in Jersey Village will increase by about $60 in 2021.
JERSEY VILLAGE Ocials with the city of Jersey Village have pro- posed a scal year 2020-21 property tax rate that is lower than the FY 2019-20 rate but will raise roughly 4.8% more property tax revenue because of increases in property value within the city. City Manager Austin Bleess said the city is proposing a tax rate of $0.723466 per $100 of valuation, down from last year’s rate of $0.7245 per $100 of valuation. The new rate will bring in roughly $7.96 million in property tax reve- nue, up from $7.6 million last year, according to budget documents. The proposed tax rate is the high- est allowed under a state law the went into eect this year before city ocials would be required to host an election to get voter approval. As of press time, a public hearing on the proposed tax rate was slated for 7 p.m. Sept. 28, after which the Jersey Village City Council was to vote on the rate.
FY 2019-20 FY 2020-21
TOTAL TAX RATE (per $100 of value) $0.7425 $0.723466
AVERAGE HOMESTEAD TAXABLE VALUE $207,590 $221,344 6.62% TAX ON AVERAGE HOMESTEAD $1,541 $1,601 3.89% TOTAL TAX LEVY ON ALL PROPERTIES $7.6M $7.96M 4.8%
SOURCE: CITY OF JERSEY VILLAGE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Harris County resumes in-person jury duty
HARRIS COUNTY Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess announced Sept. 14 the resump- tion of in-person jury trials in the county’s district courts. Burgess laid out the precautions in place to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during jury trials, which include ensuring space for social
distancing, temperature checks, and the use of hand-sanitizing stations and face masks. Jury selection takes place at NRG Arena, and jurors who are selected for jury duty attend trials that take place in a downtown courtroom. Over 90 juries have been requested in cases through October.
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