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Harris County’s Property Tax Rates Held At Last Year’s Level Despite Financial Pressures

The Harris County Commissioners Court is keeping the property tax rate at the same level as last year. But tax bills could still go up due to rising property values.

 

The general tax rate combines the revenue collected for the county, the Port of Houston and the Hospital and Flood Control Districts. The tax rates are based on every $100 of taxable value of a home or business.

Joe Stinebaker with the County Judge’s office says: “It has not gone up in almost 20 years. There’ve been two smaller tax decreases in that time, but for the most part, it has remained steady at 62.998 cents.”

Stinebaker says there’s been enormous pressure on the region because of growth, primarily in the unincorporated areas. But he says the Harris County Budget Office has done a good job of keeping those financial pressures under wraps. However, higher property valuations by the Harris County Appraisal District could mean that most people will see their tax obligation rise.

“So the judge has expressed some concerns over the increases in property tax values, and he’s actually got some concerns about the property tax in general. He does not feel that that’s probably the best form of taxation that this state could have,” says Stinebaker.

The vote came at the conclusion of the third hearing on the property tax rate. Stinebaker says there were no public speakers in support or opposition at any of those hearings.

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