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Harris County Commissioners Ask Public To Weigh In On Tax Rate

The way the numbers add up, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says the combined tax rate would not change.

Harris County Commissioners are proposing some changes for the next fiscal year. The Flood Control District and the Port of Houston would lower their tax rates, and the county would collect more. The rate for the Hospital District would remain the same.

The way the numbers add up, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says the combined tax rate would not change.

“We adjusted, then, Flood Control and Port of Houston, so that the overall remains the same as last year,” Emmett says.

The judge says the extra funds for Harris County are needed to support rapid growth in unincorporated areas.

The Commissioners Court held the first of three public meetings on the proposed tax rate. They heard from one resident who was confused about why his property taxes were going up if the rate hadn’t changed. But Emmett says that’s an unrelated issue. Property taxes are based on rates set by the Harris County Appraisal District, not county commissioners.

“What is going up is because of the increased valuations across the county,” he says.

County commissioners will host two more public meetings before deciding on a final tax rate October 23.

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