Tax Information

  • TAX RATE STATEMENT

    HARRIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE.

    THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 7.67 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $-0.09.
  • In 1935, the voters of Harris County, Texas, approved a maximum tax rate of $0.01 (one cent) per $100 valuation of property for Harris County Department of Education. Property taxes are levied by October 1 in conformity with Subtitle E. Texas Property Tax Code, on the assessed value listed as of the prior January 1 for all real and business personal property located in Harris County, Texas. Taxes are due upon receipt of the tax bill in October. On January 1 of each year, a tax lien attaches to property to secure the payment of all taxes, penalties, and interest ultimately imposed. Taxes become delinquent if not paid before February 1. On July 1, additional penalties and interest are imposed on unpaid taxes. Property tax revenues are considered available when they become due or past due and receivable within the current period.

    Appraised values are established by the Harris County Appraisal District (“HCAD”) of Harris County, Texas. Taxes are levied by the Department’s Board of Trustees based on the appraised values received from HCAD. Billing and collection of tax levies are performed by the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

    The Department’s property tax rates, established in accordance with state law, are levied for use in financing the Department’s general government (maintenance and operations - “M&O”) expenditures. The Department does not have a debt service rate. Allowances for uncollectible taxes are based on historical experience in collecting property taxes. Uncollectible personal property taxes receivable are written off after ten years and real property taxes receivable are written off after twenty years.  

HCDE lowers tax rate eight years in a row

  • Harris County Department of Education is committed to operating in a fiscally conservative manner. For the last eight years, the Board of Trustees has systematically lowered the tax rate. This is only made possible through a sound business model, strong internal controls, and excellent business acumen by all division managers and the Superintendent. 

    For FY 23, HCDE adopted a tax rate of .004900, which amounts to approximately $9.80 a year for the average homeowner with an assessed value of $200,000 (which includes the homestead exemption).

    Visit the Harris County Tax Office website for more information and assistance with property taxes.

Additional Tax Information

Contact Us

  • Dr. Jesus J. Amezcua, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
    jamezcua@hcde-texas.org
    713-696-1371 


    Katrina Cary, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
    katrina.cary@hcde-texas.org
    713-696-8249

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Estimated Property Tax Due Per Year to the
Harris County Department of Education:

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Other exemptions available:

  • Over 65 exemption
  • Disabled Exemption

These exemptions must be applied for and granted by the Harris County Appraisal District.

Based on 2022 adopted tax rate of $0.004900