Lake Houston - Humble - Kingwood Edition | September 2021

News from the Lake Houston area NEWS BRIEFS Humble City Council unanimously increases property tax rate for FY 2021

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

Appraisal District; city officials have since received the final certified tax rolls and amended the proposed tax rate for FY 2021-22 accordingly. According to city documents, while the new tax rate is greater than the no-new-revenue tax rate and the voter-approval tax rate, it is not greater than the de minimis rate—a tax rate calculation designed to give smaller taxing units, including cities with a population of less than 30,000, some relief from the 3.5% voter-approval rate, according to the Texas comptroller’s website. According to American Community Survey’s 2019 five-year estimates, the median home value in the city of Humble was $122,900. Based on this figure, a typical homeowner in Humble can expect to pay about $6 more in taxes in FY 2021-22 than

RAISING RATES The city of Humble has raised its property tax rate each year for the past five consecutive years.

Humble residents can expect an increase in their property tax rate for fiscal year 2021-22 following a public hearing and unanimous approval of the elevated tax rate by the Humble City Council on Sept. 9. The approved FY 2021-22 tax rate of $0.263508 is up from the rate of $0.258693 in FY 2020-21. According to City Manager Jason Stuebe, this is an effective increase of 9.31%, meaning the amount of the total taxes collected is 9.31% higher than the previous fiscal year. While city officials had proposed a tax rate of $0.262115 during the FY 2021-22 budget workshop Aug. 17, Stuebe said that proposed tax rate was based on estimates provided by the Harris County

FY 2017: $0.225471 FY 2018: $0.248572 FY 2019: $0.255944 FY 2020: $0.258693 FY 2021: $0.263508

SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

they did the fiscal year prior. The new tax rate will go into effect Oct. 1 and will be applicable to the value of homes as of Jan. 1, 2021, Stuebe said.

Partnership LakeHouston names Lance LaCour newpresident of economic development

Harris County commissioners begin preliminary redistricting discussions, seek public input

Partnership Lake Houston CEO Jenna Armstrong named Lance LaCour BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

BY DANICA LLOYD

the country for his success with growing jobs and attracting capital investments to his community,” Armstrong said in a statement. “Over the years, we’ve watched him grow the council in Katy from the early phases to a powerhouse economic development organization.” LaCour will be replacing former economic development President Mark Mitchell, who stepped down from the position in June after four years, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper . In the interim, Mitchell will continue working on economic development initiatives with Part- nership Lake Houston on a contract basis until LaCour takes over Nov. 1, the release states.

Based on the 2020 census, each Harris County precinct should have 1.18 million residents. Redrawing boundaries

As Harris County’s population has grown 15.6% in the past 10 years, county commissioners convened Aug. 31 to review the process of redistricting and hear feedback from residents. When the maps were last redrawn in 2011, each precinct had slightly more than 1 million residents; the county’s overall population was about 4.1 million based on the 2010 census. Matt Angle, the county’s mapping consultant, said at the Aug. 31 meeting that based on the 2020 census, each precinct should have 1.18 million residents. The U.S. Constitution prohibits a deviation of more than 10% from that target number.

as the chamber of commerce’s

Harris County commissioner precinct population 2020

LaCour

new president of economic development in a Sept. 8 news release. According to the release, LaCour will take over the role effective Nov. 1 after more than 16 years as president and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, during which LaCour helped attract thousands of jobs to the Katy area through expansion and business attraction projects. “Lance is very well-known and respected throughout the state and

Target district size

2020 population

SOURCES: HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, MATT ANGLE/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

COMPRESSING THE TAX RATE Humble ISD has lowered its property tax rate each year since 2019 when House Bill 3 went into effect, requiring school districts statewide to compress their tax rates.

Humble ISD trustees lower property tax rate for FY 2021-22

year, board President Martina Dixon was required to say that the new tax rate effectively represents a 2.8% increase over last year’s rate. However, Position 2 trustee Robert Scarfo stressed at the meeting that this year’s rate is lower than last fiscal year’s rate. “Take a deeper look, because your effective rate is going to be lower than it was last year,” Scarfo said, noting last year’s rate of $1.384. The average home value within the district rose by roughly $15,500 year over year, meaning the district will take in an average of $99 more in taxes per household. As property values vary, however, some homeowners might not see an increase.

BY WESLEY GARDNER

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The Humble ISD board of trustees at a Sept. 14 meeting unanimously approved a fiscal year 2021-22 tax rate of $1.3389 per $100 valuation. The total tax rate includes a maintenance and operations rate of $0.9889 per $100 valuation and a debt services rate of $0.35 per $100 valuation. Because the district will bring in more revenue through taxes this year than it did in the previous

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SOURCE: HARRIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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