September 10, 2019

For the first time in two decades, Harris County Commissioners Court is proposing to raise the property tax rate for county residents. The newly proposed rate is 0.65260 per $100 of value, up from last year’s 0.62998.

Commissioner Cagle proposed an alternative to keep the effective tax rate, the lowest option on the table, for all entities except the Flood Control District, which would be allowed to maintain the current rate.

Commissioner Adrian Garcia propose to maintain the same rate as 2018, but allow the Hospital District to collect the maximum allowed by state law without a voter approval.

Both proposals were shot down in favor of allowing all four Harris County taxing entities – Harris County, Flood Control District, Port of Houston, and Hospital District – to adopt the rollback rate, or the maximum allowed by state law without requiring voter approval. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt called the move a “maximum smash” on taxpayers.

Commissioners Cagle and Steve Radack voted against the measure while County Judge Hidalgo, and Commissioners Garcia and Ellis voted in favor.  Read more.