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12:54 PM Jun 6, 2022 CDT

Cy-Fair fire departments ramp up staffing efforts as demand increases

Fire departments in the Cy-Fair area are adapting to staffing challenges as the number of volunteer firefighters has declined over the past three years while the annual number of responses by each department serving Cy-Fair have increased.

Black women in Harris County face greatest risks of pregnancy complications

Barriers to accessing and paying for health care have led to higher rates of maternal mortality in Texas than other parts of the U.S., experts said, with Black women and women older than age 35 facing the highest risks.

Houston metro projected to fully recover jobs lost in pandemic, avoid recession in 2022

Patrick Jankowski from the Greater Houston Partnership provided an update on the economic status of the Houston metro and provided insight into recent claims of impending recession.

Multifamily development grows in Cy-Fair’s competitive housing market

Developers in the Cy-Fair area have seen an increase in demand for multifamily housing as single-family homes are quickly taken off of the market. Real estate experts said apartment complexes have taken advantage of this opportunity and increased rent prices, which is starting to impact the pocketbooks of renters.

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.