Hurricane Sandy (2012)

New potential burden for Houston homeowners: higher taxes

As Houston recovers from Harvey's devastating flooding, many homeowners could be asked to shoulder an added financial burden: higher taxes on the same houses they are struggling to rebuild.

Mayor Sylvester Turner has proposed a one-time increase in the city's property tax rate to help pay for mounting hurricane expenses, particularly the cost of cleaning up debris and replenishing an emergency fund.

Turner said he was "very, very sensitive" to the plight of homeowners and that the city was "trying to minimize" its request.

The mayor initially proposed an 8.9 percent increase that would have generated about $118 million. But Turner said Wednesday...