DALLAS - Houston Mayor Bob Lanier has proposed a $954.6 million general fund city budget that calls for a 6% increase in property taxes to pay debt and to free money for 550 additional police officers and other services.

Under Lanier's budget plan, the city would raise property taxes by 4 cents per $100 assessed value to raise an additional $25 million annually for debt service and then release a comparable amount in the general fund for police, neighborhood, and other programs. If approved, the budget would include the city's first property tax hike in six years.

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