Galveston Housing

Housing units at the Cedars at Carver Park stand on the corner of Ball Street and 29th Street in Galveston.

GALVESTON

Operators of Galveston’s two mixed-income housing developments have since 2017 paid more than $270,000 in lieu of taxes on those tax-exempt properties owned by the Galveston Housing Authority. The trouble was, top tax officials were not aware until Friday that the money was coming or where it was going.

Kathryn Eastburn: 409-683-5257; kathryn.eastburn@galvnews.com.

(4) comments

Raymond Lewis

Well, well, Well. Someone needs to find out who's on first.

Louis Wortham

Wouldn't there be more political entities aside from the county that would be interested in collecting payments in lieu of property tax on those properties? GISD maybe? Jes askin'.

Don Schlessinger

What can we say? It's Galveston. And they want to raise taxes.

Cheryl Johnson

This article was very confusing for most readers. As the County Tax Assessor Collector I will attempt to clarify some points.



Operators of the two mixed income developments are NOT paying property taxes and my office has NEVER to my knowledge and based on my research collected property taxes on them since their development. It appears payments were made to the County Auditor's Office under some agreement that few of us were consulted about.



The way some of us believe this SHOULD have worked and what Mr. Denson and I BOTH hope to accomplish for the next round of projects, is for them to be properly placed on the appraisal (and thus) tax rolls. There should either be an exemption granted on the portion that is exempt and an abatement or leasehold value on the portion that is benefiting from collecting market rents. Set up in this manner, the market value of the leasehold would adjust based on net income capitalized through the years.



The owners of EVERY apartment project in Texas should be competing FAIRLY with developers of these very necessary public housing projects in that the playing field is level with regard to taxation. These difficult-to-discover-payments in lieu of taxes is not what I would call open government. We need an easily discoverable and transparent process.



I am of the opinion that this is not the ONLY exempt property in Galveston County that may or may not be set up properly on the appraisal and tax rolls. Government owned properties generating profits in the form of rents or other business income must be properly taxed in the interest of fairness, accountability and transparency.



Cheryl E. Johnson, PCC

Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector

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