Commissioner Cagle Comments on Proposed Tax Rate Increase

Dear Friends:

I want to make you aware of an important issue arising from our Harris County Commissioners Court meeting last week.

Moments after rejecting my proposal for a property tax cut, which was seconded by Commissioner Steve Radack, a majority of Commissioners Court voted instead to raise your property tax rate to the maximum amount allowed by law without going to the public for approval for the increase. Commissioner Radack and I voted against this tax increase; County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia voted in favor. If given final approval next month, your new tax rate would be 65.26 cents per $100 assessed valuation of your home.

There will be three hearings to allow you and your neighbors to weigh in on this important decision before the final vote.

The dates and times are:

• September 20, 2019 – 1:00 PM
• September 24, 2019 – 10:00 AM
• October 8, 2019 – 10:00 AM (This is the date of the final tax rate adoption.)

All hearings will be before Harris County Commissioners Court on the ninth floor of the Harris County Administration Building at 1001 Preston in downtown Houston.
I encourage you to make your voice heard on this decision. You can do that by attending one of these hearings or by writing or calling my office and/or Judge Hidalgo, who also represents you on Commissioners Court. My telephone number is 832-927-4444 and you may email me at commissionercagle@hcp4.net. Judge Hidalgo’s telephone number is 713-274-7000, and her email address is Judge.hidalgo@cjo.hctx.net. If you would prefer to mail her, her address is Suite 911, 1001 Preston, Houston TX 77002.

Sincerely,

R. Jack Cagle

Harris County Tax Increase Fact Sheet

• Tax bills are determined by multiplying tax rates by a home’s taxable value. The Harris County Appraisal District, which is unrelated to Harris County government, determines taxable values. Individual governing bodies set tax rates.

• The “overall” Harris County property tax rate comprises four different rates — the Harris County Hospital District, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Port of Houston Authority and Harris County itself.

• Harris County last raised the overall property tax rate in 1996, when Commissioners Court approved an increase of 2.4 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

• Most recently, Harris County lowered the overall property tax rate by 1 cent in 2007, dropping it to the current 62.998 cents.

• If given final approval, the new tax rate would be 65.260 cents, an increase of 2.262 cents.

• If approved, the new tax rate would provide the four taxing entities with an extra $222 million in property tax receipts next year alone.

Please note that the examples below do NOT reflect potential increases in appraised values.

The average appraised value of a home in Harris County’s Precinct 4 is $366,542. With the standard 20% homestead exemption, the proposed tax rate increase would cost this homeowner at least $66.33 per year more (from $1,847.31 to $1,913.64 the first year) on top of any increase in appraised value.

For a home with an appraised value of $100,000 with the standard 20% homestead exemption, the proposed tax rate increase would cost at least $18.10 per year more (from $503.98 to $522.08 the first year) on top of any increase in appraised value.

For a home with an appraised value of $200,000 with the standard 20% homestead exemption, the proposed tax rate increase would cost at least $36.19 per year more (from $1,007.97 to $1,044.16 the first year) on top of any increase in appraised value.

For a home with an appraised value of $300,000 with the standard 20% homestead exemption, the proposed tax rate increase would cost at least $54.29 per year more (from $1,511.95 to $1,566.24 the first year) on top of any increase in appraised value.

For a home with an appraised value of $400,000 with the standard 20% homestead exemption, the proposed tax rate increase would cost at least $72.38 per year more (from $2,015.94 to $2,088.32 the first year) on top of any increase in appraised value.

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