Harris County Property Tax Trends is a collection of facts, data and insights into Harris County property taxes. Total annual property taxes, total assessed values for residential and commercial, number of protests, number of staff at appraisal district, appraisal district budget, number of tax parcels, judicial appeals and more.

The market value of Harris County taxable property rose from $379 billion in 2013 to 581 billion in 2018. This is a 53% increase over 5 years. These large increases are part of the impetus for Senate Bill 2, which caps taxes for school at 2.5% and cities / counties at 3.5% per year for existing property, plus the value of new construction.

Property tax savings from protest hearings at Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) rose from $7.8 billion in 2012 to $10.4 billion, a 33% increase. Commercial accounts were reduced $8.6 billion in 2018 versus residential accounts for $1.7 billion. There are more residential accounts protested but the commercial accounts have a higher value.

Harris County Appraisal District totaled 371,300 protests in 2018. This includes 251,750 residential and 119,550 commercial accounts. Residential accounts for two thirds of the number of appeals but for 17% of the savings ($1.7 billion out of $10.4 billion in 2018).

Judicial appeals in Harris County rose about three-fold from 2012 to 2018. (2,861 in 2012 and 7,553 in 2018). Property tax savings in Harris County due to judicial appeals rose from $59.3 million in 2012 to $271.6 in 2018; a 358% increase.

The Harris County Appraisal District budget rose from $63.8 million in 2012 to $85.6 million in 2018, a 34% increase over 6 years. This averages 5.6% annual increase in HCAD budget.

The Harris County ARB is the largest in the state with 190 members in 2018.

The number of appraisers has essentially remained flat; 291 in 2014 and 297 in 2018.

2020 property tax deadline is May 15th; deadlines to protest are not extended due to Covid-19.

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