Mayor Mike Houston has decided to send his infrastructure funding plan to aldermen piece by piece.
Houston is introducing four separate ordinances, each with components of his original plan to pay for street and sewer repairs. The first three take his original one percent sales tax hike and split it into pieces of one half, one quarter, and one quarter percent. The fourth ordinance provides an alternate funding plan for sewers by increasing the city’s sewer fee five percent a year for ten years.
Houston says breaking the plan apart will let aldermen pick and choose the best way to pay for infrastructure needs, but he admits that so far, none of the ordinances have enough votes for passage.