As a taxpayer in Galveston County, I have a simple question. Why is Galveston County’s tax rate 26 percent higher than the surrounding counties?
The following information is taken directly from the Texas State Comptroller website, which shows the effective tax rate for every county in the state:
Galveston County's effective tax rate is .55; Harris is .42; Brazoria, .46; Fort Bend, .46; Jefferson, .37; Matagorda, .42; Chambers, .51; and other counties' average is .46.
I just paid my property taxes for 2017. I nearly choked. I could not believe how high they were. So, I started doing some research and was shocked to find that Galveston County has the highest tax rate of any county in our region.
Property taxes are killing the average homeowner today. Of course, the county is just part of the total tax bill, but it is inexcusable for it to have a rate that is 26 percent higher than any other county in the region.