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Village Center, new Jersey Village City Hall slated for groundbreaking this summer following delays

If construction begins this summer as planned, the entire project could be completed within three to four years, officials told residents during a May 4 information session about the project.


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Data: Commercial real estate vacancy rates remain up year over year in Cy-Fair

See the latest trends in Cy-Fair's office, retail and industrial markets.


Cy-Fair office vacancies rise as more work remotely

For those who have the option, working from home is one of the most notable ways the pandemic has changed daily routines. This cover story from our May edition discusses how the remote work trend has caused local office vacancy rates to rise and employers to become more flexible.



USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.


DATA: Texas metros lead the nation in return to in-person work since start of pandemic

About 37% of Houston office employees had returned to in-person work as of the end of March, as compared to an average of less than 25% in other major U.S. metros.


DATA: Cy-Fair home prices increased in every ZIP code in first quarter

The average price of homes sold in Cy-Fair from January to March increased by 5.37% from 2020-21.


Entities set tax rates ahead of new state law

Every fall, taxing entities across Texas plan their budgets for the coming fiscal year, a process that involves setting the tax rate based on how much money staff thinks the entity will need. A new state law going into effect Jan. 1 has complicated the process for cities, counties and taxing districts this year.



Jersey Village seeks to start major city projects

The city of Jersey Village plans to embark on several major capital projects over the next few years that city officials said are intended to refresh the city’s look and boost its reputation.


Imelda hovers over first public hearing on proposed Harris County tax rate increase

With Harris County commissioners poised to adopt the first tax rate increase the county has seen since 1996, court Democrats and Republicans remained at odds following the first public hearing on the proposed increase Sept. 20. In the wake of Tropical Depression Imelda, disaster recovery was also at the top of mind for people on both sides of the debate.


Cy-Fair ISD board approves lowering property tax rate for 2019-20

Correction: The original version of this post stated the maintenance and operations rate was $1.44 in 2018-19 and has since been updated to reflect the M&O rate was $1.04. 


Here is where Cy-Fair residents' property taxes go

Correction: An earlier version of the "Top Tax Rates" graphic listed tax rates in reverse order. The graphic has been updated with the correct tax rates for each year.



Texas shoppers to save millions during tax-free weekend, Aug. 9-11

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify the 8.25% sales tax charge refers to the state and local charges.



UPDATED: Cy-Fair ISD adopts $27.5 million deficit budget to raise employee salaries in 2019-20

Cy-Fair ISD’s board of trustees officially adopted a $992.3 million budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year Thursday, June 27. The budget includes a $27.5 million deficit, according to the district’s incoming Chief Financial Officer Karen Smith.


Cy-Fair ISD prepares for salary raises after state passes ‘historic’ school finance bill

After weeks of conversations between the Texas House and Senate, lawmakers reached a compromise on an $11.6 billion plan that will change the way public school districts, including Cy-Fair ISD, are funded statewide.



Increasing costs, competition lead to business closures in Cy-Fair

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed rental rates as per square foot per month. The actual rates are per square foot per year.


As state Legislature works to reform school finance, Cy-Fair ISD could adopt another deficit budget in 2019-20

Based on preliminary estimates, Cy-Fair ISD officials plan to adopt a $990 million budget next month for the 2019-20 fiscal year, including a $4 million budget deficit.


Texas shoppers pay no sales tax on emergency preparedness supplies this weekend, April 27-29

As hurricane season approaches in Texas, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced a statewide sales tax holiday this weekend, April 27-29, on emergency preparedness supplies.


Proposed legislation seeks to benefit craft brewery industry across the state

Craft breweries throughout Texas are restricted from selling their products for off-premises consumption as part of a law many in the industry describe as outdated and unfair, but a pair of bills introduced to the state Legislature this year could make substantial changes.



Greater Houston Partnership: energy industry stabilizing but will not drive job growth in Houston

Following two years of recovery in 2017 and 2018, job growth in Houston is expected to level off and remain stable for 2019, said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. Houston will see an increase of 71,000 jobs this year compared to 73,000 last year, Jankowski said.


State lawmakers seek to provide property tax relief

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the homestead exemption currently offered in Jersey Village is 7 percent. The actual homestead exemption in Jersey Village is 8 percent.


Technology leads to slow growth in energy jobs despite rebounding oil industry

The Greater Houston Partnership projects less than 2,000 of the region’s 71,000 new jobs expected to be added in 2019 will come from the oil and gas sector after seeing little job creation in the last year.


Cy-Fair ISD residents to vote on $1.76 billion bond in May

Voters living in Cy-Fair ISD’s boundaries can expect to see a $1.76 billion bond referendum on the ballot May 4. If the plan passes, it would be the district’s largest bond package to date.



Home Depot signs lease for 770,000 square feet at planned business park near Sam Houston Race Park

Home Depot has leased 770,640 square feet of warehouse space at the Grand National Business Park, a master-planned development being planned on a 106-acre tract at the southeast corner of Gessner Road and Beltway 8, west of the Sam Houston Race Park.


BREAKING: Cy-Fair ISD board approves placing $1.76 billion bond referendum on May ballot

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees unanimously adopted an order Monday, Feb. 11, calling a bond election May 4 for a $1.762 billion bond referendum.