Financial Summary


Harris County Department of Education is a special purpose district that employs a total of 883.1 full-time staff positions. The Department’s total expenditures for the fiscal year 2016-2017 were $83,668,117 or $18.23 per capita. Total revenue from all funds for 2016-2017 was $84,727,138 or $18.46 per capita.

Property tax revenue is $21,723,798 or $4.73 per capita. All population and enrollment data is provided by Houston Population Estimate.

The Department’s annual budget (all funds) for the fiscal year 2018-2019 is $117,335,372. The Department utilizes Proprietary, Fiduciary and Governmental fund types.

Proprietary funds are used to report any activity for which a fee is charged to external users for goods and services.

Fiduciary funds are used to account for assets held by a government in a trustee capacity or as an agent for individuals, private organizations, other governmental units and/or other funds. These include investment trust funds, pension trust funds, private-purpose trust funds and agency funds.

There are five types of governmental funds that account for everything else: general funds, the government’s basic operating fund; special revenue funds for specific revenue sources that are limited to being used for a particular purpose; debt service funds for debt repayment; capital project funds for the construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of capital assets such as buildings, equipment and roads; and permanent funds for resources that can’t be expended, but must be held permanently.