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How Harris County Republican Commissioners Could Block A Tax Rate Increase

Harris County Commissioners Court is poised to vote on a property tax rate increase Tuesday – if there’s a quorum.

Harris County Commissioners Court
Harris County Commissioners Court

Harris County leaders are preparing to vote on the largest property tax rate increase in a generation. The Republican minority on the Commissioners Court has a chance to block the tax hike on Tuesday, but it’s unclear if they’ll take it.

Texas law requires that at least four of the five court members be present in order to vote on a tax increase. If Harris County’s two GOP commissioners don’t show up tomorrow, there’ll be no quorum and no vote.

“I haven’t missed a Commissioners Court regular meeting in over five years,” said Republican Commissioner Steve Radack. “I plan on attending the meeting. It’s on my calendar. When I put things on my calendar, I usually go do them.”

A spokesman for Republican Commissioner Jack Cagle said Cagle will not announce his strategy in advance.

The proposed tax increase would raise Harris County’s property tax rate to 65.26 cents per $100 assessed valuation, up from the current rate of 62.998 cents per $100 assessed valuation. If, for whatever reason, the Court does not vote on a tax rate increase, the County Budget Office said the property tax rate will, by default, decrease to the effective tax rate of 61.17 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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