Governor Abbott Grants Corpus Christi’s Request For Suspension Of Budget And Tax Rate Deadlines After Hurricane Harvey

September 14, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation granting Corpus Christi’s request to extend the deadline for the city to adopt a budget and property tax rate. Texas law requires taxing units to adopt their budget and property tax rate before September 30, 2017. It also requires three public meetings to he held beforehand to allow the public sufficient opportunity to participate in the process.

"Every Texan deserves a voice on matters that affect their lives, and I will not let this disaster diminish such an important right," said Governor Abbott. "This proclamation will allow the city of Corpus Christi to continue its focus on the recovery effort while still allowing taxpayers to participate in, and provide input on, important matters of local government business."

After Hurricane Harvey, the extensive focus on the recovery and displacement of residents has hindered the ability of the public to have a voice in these matters. This proclamation will now suspend the September 30th deadline so the people of Corpus Christi can provide input on their city's budget and tax rate. 

Governor Abbott will grant similar proclamations for other cities and localities affected by Hurricane Harvey as the requests come in.