A recent mailing from a Galveston County commissioner implies that the commissioners court has cut taxes by 12.2 percent in the last seven years. Actually, the commissioners have cut the tax rate per $100 of appraised value by 12.2 percent. Early in the mailing, the commissioner does correctly say the tax rate was reduced. However, toward the end of the statement, the implication is that taxes decreased.

Property taxes are dependent on two things: the tax rate per $100 of appraised value and the appraised value of our property. The appraised value of three randomly selected homes in my subdivision has increased by 22, 36 and 44 percent, respectively, in the last seven years. That is an average increase of 34 percent.

The commissioner fails to mention that the increase in appraised value has far exceeded the decrease in the tax rate. The taxes on the randomly selected houses have increased by an average of almost 18 percent. It’s the spin cycle!

Bill White

League City


(3) comments

Diane Turski

Thank you for the clarification!

Diane Brodie


Ron Shelby

Galveston County is a fast growing county, thanks to our neighbor to the north. Our population has increased from 292,538 in 2010 to 322,225 in 2015. That's 30,000 additional residents (which is 10% in just 5 years), or more than half of the City of Galveston. These new residents require added services and infrastructure for water, sewer, fire, police, judicial, recreational and social services. Anyone thinking that the cost of a government that grows at a rate nearing 20% a decade, should be decreasing gets "F"s in both logic and math. The tax rate itself may decrease as values increase, but the overall bill to run government will continue to go up unless Galveston County experiences a reversal in population growth. I severely doubt that's going to happen. In the current demographic environment, there is no one that is going to be able to crow about cutting government's absolute revenues in any significant manner. If they tell you that, they are probably hiding the ball under another cup. Governments like the county and League City will always want to attract new businesses, which means a higher cost to govern with more workers, new residents, new school kids, new policing needs etc....

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