Fort Bend County proposes lower property tax rates for fiscal year 2019-20

Correction: This story, which originally published Aug. 7, was updated to reflect that the drainage district rate for fiscal year 2018-19 was $0.019.

Fort Bend County is considering changing its property tax rates for fiscal year 2019-20.

At the Aug. 6 court meeting, the commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 proposed Fort Bend County tax rate of $0.4447 per $100 of valuation and the proposed Fort Bend County Drainage District tax rate of $0.0135 per $100 of valuation. Combined, property owners' total tax rate would be about $0.4582.

Last year’s adopted county rate and drainage district rate was $0.445 and $0.019, respectively, a total of $0.464.

The county rate is the total of the general fund tax rate proposed at $0.3435, the road and bridge fund tax rate proposed at $0.016, the tax rate for post-employment benefits other than pensions proposed at $0.01, and the interest and sinking fund tax rate proposed at $0.0752.

The drainage district tax rate consists of only one fund for maintenance.

Public hearings for these proposed tax rates will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and 1 p.m. Sept. 3 at second floor of the Fort Bend County Courthouse, 401 Jackson St., Richmond. Additionally, public hearings for the proposed FY 2019-20 budget will be held 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the same location.

According to the Fort Bend County tax assessor-collector, the court adopts the tax rates around Sept. 30 of each year.

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