Houston City Council will delay budget vote after failing to set public hearing

Houston City Council will delay voting on the proposed FY 2019-20 budget due to improper public hearing notice.

Houston City Council will delay voting on the proposed FY 2019-20 budget due to improper public hearing notice.

Approval of Houston’s proposed fiscal year 2019-20 budget now faces a two-week setback, city officials confirmed June 4.

Houston City Council was scheduled to vote on the over $2 billion proposed budget June 5; however, the city’s agenda director failed to include an item on the prior week’s agenda that would have allowed council to vote on a date for a public hearing–a requirement in Texas municipal code.

An agenda posted June 4 states City Council will host a specially called meeting June 7 to vote to approve a public hearing for June 19, which will be followed by a meeting during which council members will vote on the proposed budget.

The budget hearing is open to members of the public and proposed to take place at 9 a.m. in the City Council chambers at 901 Bagby St., Houston.

This is the second time the city’s budget process has faced complications ahead of the beginning of FY 2019-20 on July 1.

In May, the proposed budget was amended by the city’s finance department due to a court ruling that invalidated Proposition B, the pay-parity mandate for Houston firefighters and police officers, as well as multiple pieces of revenue-altering state legislation.


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