This Week at City Hall

Oct. 18, 2013Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

No Increase for Houston’s Property Tax Rate

City Council voted to maintain the property tax rate, allowing it to remain at $0.63875 on each $100 of taxable value. The City of Houston has retained this same property tax rate since 2009, which is the lowest level it has been set since 1994. By preserving the current tax rate, Council can avoid creating an additional burden on Houstonian taxpayers while still retaining the ability to continue paying down our debt obligations by utilizing any surplus revenues from property value increases.

Dress for Success Houston Day

Council Member Cohen and Mayor Parker proclaimed Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 as ‘Dress for Success Houston Day‘ in honor of the group’s 15th anniversary. Since 1998, our local chapter of the global nonprofit Dress for Success has provided disadvantaged Houstonian women with professional attire, a network of support, and career and educational development tools to aid them in furthering their economic independence.

On the Agenda

Council authorized a contract between Houston’s Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) and the Texas Department of State Health Services for implementation of the Women, Infants, and Children Program. This will allow the HDHHS to provide supplemental food instruments, nutrition education, and counseling to enhance good nutritional health to a projected 76,000 low-income pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children per month during the contract period.

In the District

There is always a lot going on in and around our community. Please visit the new District C Events page on to learn more about upcoming activities and opportunities to take part.