Posted on · Sexually oriented businesses, including strip clubs and modeling studios, now have to pay the city a five dollar fee for every customer who comes in. The fee will help the city pay for analyzing rape kits.
Posted on · The Houston City Council has approved a new fiscal year budget of $4.2 billion dollars. The financial picture looked a little brighter this year when compared to significant cuts made last year to city services.
Posted on · Houston councilmembers want the city to re-examine term limits. As part of the budget process today — City Council moved to have the Ethics Committee consider putting a term limits vote before the public.
Posted on · Houston councilmembers have 107 suggested changes to the city's fiscal year 2013 budget. The budget amendments range from senior citizen programs to a recommendation to default on the city's pensions.
Posted on · Tomorrow morning will be the first opportunity for Houston councilmembers to suggest changes to the city's upcoming budget. Houston Mayor Annise Parker will submit her budget and receive amendments to the city's four and a half billion dollar spending plan.
Posted on · For many Houston children the summer vacation officially starts this week. School may be out, but for some children the summer camp they attend may be like a school away from school.
Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker released her proposed city budget yesterday – but today one councilmember says the city is drowning in debt.
Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker has unveiled her budget for the next fiscal year. The $4.5 billion proposal does not include a tax increase, layoffs or service cuts.
Posted on · The City of Houston is launching an aggressive crackdown on people who are behind on their water bills. Six hundred commercial customers will have their water shut off today, and in two weeks the city will start to focus on hundreds of delinquent accounts at apartment buildings and single-family homes.
Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker is pushing hard for more transparency from the city's three pension funds. She says she would even file a lawsuit against the funds if they don't release information to help her balance the city budget.
Posted on · Houston city coffers will be exhausted by 2014 unless the city's leaders make drastic and difficult changes to pensions, taxes and services. That's according to a specially-appointed task force that handed over its report today to Mayor Annise Parker.
Posted on · Later today, Houston's mayor and council will get the recommendations from a task force charged with finding ways to reduce the city's red ink. Some of the suggestions may help, others will be headed for the waste basket.
Posted on · Tomorrow, Houston Mayor Annise Parker will get a report from a council created task force on how to tackle the rising pension obligations. Parker has a lot of juggling to do, as she tries to protect the city's credit rating and minimize cuts to city services and workers.
Posted on · Houston's inauguration ceremony will be a day later than usual to save the city money. Today — January second — would be the normal day for the ceremony but it's a city holiday — so to save on overtime the mayor and city council will be sworn in tomorrow instead.
Posted on · The City of Houston is jumping on lower interest rates to refinance its debt. The city hopes to use the savings to help soften the blow of recent budget cuts.