Humble approves 2019-20 budget, set to increase property tax rate

Humble City Council held its bimonthly City Council meeting on Thursday night.

Humble City Council held its bimonthly City Council meeting on Thursday night.

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Charles Cunningham
Humble City Council approved the city's fiscal year 2019-20 budget at the regular meeting Sept. 12. The budget consists of $113.53 million in expenditures—a 1.7% increase from the FY 2018-19 $111.62 million budget.

The budget includes $35.25 million expenditures in the general fund, $15.21 million in capital projects, and $16.68 million in water and sewer, according to the budget. The city intends to purchase seven traffic control vehicles and two detective vehicles for $435,103, as well as expand Rankin Road between the Union Pacific Corp. railroad tracks to Houston Avenue for $3.65 million.

In addition to projects and item purchases, the city also will add three paramedics to the city’s fire department for $284,075 and convert two part-time positions at the Humble Civic Center to one full-time position.

The city also anticipates a slight increase in sales tax revenue of $13.5 million as opposed to last year's $13.2 million approved revenue.

City Council will soon vote on the new proposed property tax rate of $0.255944 per $100 valuation—an 8% increase over the FY 2018-19 tax rate of $0.245572 per $100 valuation. The proposed rate will be voted on Sept. 26 following two public hearings Sept. 19 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 10 a.m., respectively, at Humble City Hall, 114 W. Higgins St., Humble.

City Manager Jason Stuebe said the proposed property tax is estimated to bring an additional $520,223 in revenue to the city's budget—an 11.1% increase from FY 2018-19.

Other agenda items: 

  • Humble Mayor Merle Aaron swore in new Council Member Charles Cunningham, who previously served 12 years on Humble ISD board of trustees.

  • City Council unanimously approved a $445,090 contract with BEY Commercial for the city of Humble Museum renovation and build-out. The museum will be relocated from its current home to Charles Bender Performing Arts Center.

By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.


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