Houston Mayor Bill White has proposed a $4 billion budget for fiscal 2010 that keeps the property tax rate at the current level and raises the operational budget by 0.5%.

“These are times when hard choices need to be made and we’re not punting any of those choices,” White said during a news conference following his presentation to the City Council last week. “I want people to know this global economic crisis will not be solved in a day. We’re going to have to plan ahead instead of reacting to things.”

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