Tax Rate

In 1935 the voters of Harris County, Texas approved a maximum tax rate of $0.01 (one cent) per $100 valuation of property for Harris County Department of Education. Property taxes are levied by October 1st in conformity with Subtitle E. Texas Property Tax Code, on the assessed value listed as of the prior January 1st for all real and business personal property located in Harris County, Texas. Taxes are due upon receipt of the tax bill in October. On January 1st of each year, a tax lien attaches to property to secure the payment of all taxes, penalties, and interest ultimately imposed. Taxes become delinquent if not paid before February 1st. On July 1 additional penalties and interest are imposed on unpaid taxes. Property tax revenues are considered available when they become due or past due and receivable within the current period.

Appraised values are established by the Harris County Appraisal District (“HCAD”) of Harris County, Texas. Taxes are levied by the Department’s Board of Trustees based on the appraised values received from HCAD. Billing and collection of tax levies are performed by the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

The Department’s property tax rates, established in accordance with state law, are levied for use in financing the Department’s general government (maintenance and operations - “M&O”) expenditures. The Department does not have a debt service rate. Allowances for uncollectible taxes are based on historical experience in collecting property taxes. Uncollectible personal property taxes receivable are written off after ten years and real property taxes receivable are written off after twenty years.  

HCDE saves taxpayers money with lowered tax rate  

Harris County Department of Education is committed to operating in a fiscally conservative manner. Looking out for taxpayers, HCDE’s Board of Trustees voted to save taxpayers money by lowering the tax rate for 2016-2017. The new adopted rate represents a four percent savings for taxpayers when compared to last year’s tax rate.  

HCDE’s adopted tax rate is 0.005200 per $100 assessed property value for tax year 2016-2017.  

History of HCDE’s tax rate   

In 1935, Harris County voters approved a maximum tax rate of 1 cent per $100 valuation of property for HCDE’s maintenance and operations. Each September, HCDE’s Board of Trustees adopts a tax rate based on appraised home values established by the Harris County Appraisal District.  

Tax Collection  

Billing and collection of taxes are performed by the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office. For information about your tax bill, please visit www.hctax.net.   

Tax Calculator  

Use our tax calculator to estimate your taxes due to HCDE.   


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Estimated Property Tax Due Per Year to the
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Other exemptions available: Over 65 exemption and Disabled Exemption. These exemptions must be applied for and granted by the Harris County Appraisal District.


Based on 2016 adopted tax rate of $0.005200

Tax Exemptions Explained

The Homestead Exemption is calculated by reducing the market value by $5,000 or 20%, whichever is greater. For example a home with a market value of $150,000 with a qualifying homestead exemption has a taxable value of $120,000 (20% is $30,000 and is reduced from the market value).  The taxes due will be calculated using the $120,000.

The Over 65 Exemption is calculated by reducing the market value by $160,000.  For example a home with a market value of $180,000 has a Over 65 Exemption so the taxable value is $20,000. ($180,000 less $160,000).  The taxes due will be calculated using the $20,000.

The Disabled Exemption is calculated by reducing the market value by $160,000.  For example a home with a market value of $180,000 has a Disabled Exemption so the taxable value is $20,000. ($180,000 less $160,000).  The taxes due will be calculated using the $20,000.

The Survivor Exemption is calculated by reducing the market value by $160,000.  For example a home with a market value of $180,000 has a Survivor Exemption so the taxable value is $20,000. ($180,000 less $160,000).  The taxes due will be calculated using the $20,000.

Disclaimer: The estimates above are based on information that you have provided and are calculated using a hypothetical example. HCDE does not warrant or certify the accuracy of any values or tax amounts on this page.  This shows only the amount due to HCDE.   For tax value information, go to: www.HCAD.org.  For information on tax payments, go to: www.hctax.net

Tax Information

FY 2016-2017

FY 2015-2016

FY 2014-2015

FY 2013-2014

FY 2012-2013

Other exemptions available: Over 65 exemption and Disabled Exemption.  These exemptions must be applied for and granted by the Harris County Appraisal District.