CITY & COUNTY
News from Harris County & Jersey Village
$25K homestead exemption approved for Harris County seniors, disabled
Jersey Village mayor to serve second term
2021 after serving two consecutive terms as a council member in Jersey Village. He has been a licensed attorney since 2005 and serves as an oil and gas com- pliance manager
BY MELISSA ENAJE
BY DANICA LLOYD
HOW IT WORKS A homestead exemption removes part of the value on a homeowner’s property from taxation. The following example shows how property taxes owed are calculated
JERSEY VILLAGE Bobby Warren will continue to serve as the mayor of Jersey Village for the next two years. He claimed victory in the May 6 election with 55.53% of the votes against his opponent James "Jim" Fields, who had 44.47% of the votes. According to the Harris County Elections Administrator’s Office, 1,048 ballots were cast in this race—582 going to Warren and 466 going to Fields. “I want to congratulate Jim Fields on running a hard-fought campaign. He reached out to voters on a daily basis and put in a lot of effort into his campaign. Our city benefited tremendously from the vigorous exchange of ideas from our respec- tive campaigns, and I want to thank Jim for putting his name forward to serve the citizens of our city,” Warren said in an email to his supporters. Warren was first elected mayor in
HARRIS COUNTY Commissioners unanimously voted May 16 to increase the homestead exemption for seniors and disabled homeowners. The impact: Those who are disabled or age 65 or older could qualify for an additional $25,000 off the appraised value of their homes for an average savings of $130 per year. Residents may not receive both exemptions. • For those who meet requirements, the $25,000 increase raises the 2022 exemption from $250,000 to $275,000. Going forward • Seniors who need to apply can obtain a homestead exemption form at www.hcad.org or contact the Harris Central Appraisal District at 713-957-7800.
for a large international company. In a candidate Q&A with Com- munity Impact , Warren said his top priorities included lower property taxes and continuing to obtain grant funding for flood mitigation projects in the city. Fields said he ran to pre- serve the city’s “small-town way of life” and to oppose the development of new apartment complexes and a stadium as well as the relocation of City Hall. In addition to the mayoral seat, two council member positions were also on the ballot May 6. Incumbent Sheri Sheppard ran for re-election for Place 2, and incumbent Michelle Mitcham ran for re-election for Place 3. Both were unopposed in the election.
based on a home appraised at $300,000 with a homestead exemption of $25,000.
Appraised value: $300,000
Homestead exemption: $25,000
Taxable value: $275,000
Property taxes owed
SOURCE: HARRIS CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT/ COMMUNITY IMPACT
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