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

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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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Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education since 2013. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.
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