Public Hearing on Proposed 2018 Tax Rate Reduction

Tonight Fort Bend County will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed 2018 tax rate for Fort Bend County & the Fort Bend County Drainage District. 

Wednesday September 13, 2017
5:30 PM
Fort Bend County Courthouse Commissioner's Court Room. 
301 Jackson St
Richmond, TX 77469
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To clarify misinformation that's floating around.Fort Bend County is lowering its combined tax rate by 0.5¢ to 46.9¢ for 2017/2018 Budget Year. Since Commissioner Meyers took office the county has reduced the tax rate from 66¢ to 46.9¢ a nearly 30% reduction in the tax rate, saving taxpayers about $1 billion in taxes over those years. No other local taxing jurisdiction has come close to that kind of tax rate reduction.

For most homeowners, County property taxes amount to about 15-16% of total property taxes. The increase in property taxes for homeowners is primarily due to school district taxes as a result of the state reducing its portion of school funding from about 60% to about 37%.

About 65% of the county's Budget Expenditures are mandated or required by state law. It would be impossible for the county to "drastically" reduce expenses, since a District County would simply direct the county to fund the expenditures for all other county offices and other required expenditures if Commissioners did "drastically" reduce expenditures.

The county does not value property for tax purposes, the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, an independent entity that is not part of the county although it carries the name "Fort Bend" does. The Fort Bend Central Appraisal District is required by state law to value properties within 5% plus or minus of "Market Value". The valuations are routinely reviewed by the State Comptroller's office and if the values are less than 5% of "Market Value" as determined by the Comptroller, the state funding to school districts in the county is reduced.

Please note that tonight's public hearing will NOT cover Hurricane Harvey or its implications in Fort Bend County.

Two local Town Hall meetings will he held on Saturday September 23, 2017 for residents impacted by Harvey. County Officials will be joined by local/state agencies to discuss Fort Bend's short-term & long-term recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

Cinco Ranch Residents:
Saturday September 23
10AM - 12PM
@ Cinco Ranch HS Cafeteria/Commons
23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494

Fulshear/Simonton Residents:
Saturday September 23
2PM-4PM
@ Fulshear High School Auditorium. 
9302 Bois D'Arc Ln, Fulshear, TX 77441

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