Humble City Council unanimously approved a tax rate of $0.25158 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2022-23 at its Oct. 13 meeting, down from last year’s rate of $0.263508.

Due to increased property values and the addition of new properties in the area, the tax rate will bring in roughly 8.43% more revenue than last year’s rate. However, Mayor Norman Funderburk said homeowners can expect to pay $11.93 less per $100,000 of home valuation than last year.

“It would be a reduction [in taxes owed],” Funderburk said.

In September, council members approved a roughly $145.4 million budget for fiscal year 2022-23 that includes 3% raises for all employees, additional 3% raises for eligible employees, 18 new city positions, and funding for several infrastructure and drainage improvement projects.

In other business, council members honored nearly 20 members of the Humble-Kingwood chapter of Jack and Jill of America, a national organization aimed at developing future leaders through the promotion of cultural awareness, educational development, health education and advocacy, civic and legislative advocacy, and service.

“[Jack and Jill of America’s] primary purpose is seeing our children and all children succeed in every way as they develop into future leaders,” Funderburk said. "When I look out here, I see future leaders—maybe a future mayor or council person. ... I commend you for the time that's being spent and the leadership."