The City should immediately cease collecting the rain tax.
Today, the trial judge, following the instructions of the Texas Supreme Court, granted judgment in favor of the Plaintiffs, and against the City, declaring the rain tax ballot initiative defective and misleading. As such, the City should immediately cease collecting the rain tax, and not include this charge on any future water bills to Houstonians.
This is yet another shameful outcome to a City Hall that has ignored and trampled upon the legal and democratic process. The citizens of Houston deserve better!
I also call on the City to cease on any further litigation, appeals, or any extraordinary measures to try to support this improper fee.
Ben Hall, from the inception, has opposed the rain tax. He advocated against it before it was placed on the ballot, opposed it after being placed on the ballot, and has agreed with the efforts to have the rain tax ballot set aside.