Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has proposed an emergency tax hike

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HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has proposed an emergency tax hike in the city's property tax rate this fall to help the city recover from Harvey.

Turner says the proposed tax increase would be a one-time event and is needed to help the city pay costs associated with Harvey.

Turner had initially proposed an 8.9 percent increase. But he announced this week that thanks to increase federal reimbursements, the proposed increase will be cut in half.

Some experts say such a tax increase after a natural disaster is unusual and could be a financial burden to many people who were hit hardest by the storm.