Tax Rate Increase

If you own a home in Harris County, listen up. Next year’s tax bill may be higher than expected.

A majority on Commissioners Court voted this month to raise the county’s property tax rate by 2.262 cents, to 65.260 cents per $100 assessed valuation of your home.

If the new tax rate receives final approval on Oct. 8, a home with an appraised value of $200,000 with the standard 20% homestead exemption would be taxed an additional $36.19 more per year (from $1,007.97 to $1,044.16 the first year) on top of any increase in appraised value. The increase would add about $222 million to county-affiliated agencies’ property tax receipts next year alone.

Before the new tax rate is adopted, Commissioners Court will hold three public hearings on  Sept. 20 at 1 p.m., Sept. 24 at 10 a.m., and Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. Following the last meeting, the court will vote on the final tax rate.