Saving Districts Money








HCDE has lowered the tax rate for six consecutive years.

HCDE Tax Rate


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 2017-2018. The new adopted rate represents a 0.1 percent savings for taxpayers when compared to last year’s tax rate. This is the third consecutive year that HCDE has adopted a tax rate lower than the effective tax rate. This is possible due to a sound business model, strong internal controls and excellent business acumen by all division managers. 

HCDE’s adopted tax rate is 0.005195 per $100 assessed property value for tax year 2017-2018.   

History of HCDE’s tax rate   

In 1935, Harris County voters approved a maximum tax rate of one 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.