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File #: 22-5553    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Tax Rates Status: Passed
File created: 9/6/2022 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 9/13/2022 Final action: 9/13/2022
Title: Request for discussion and approval of the 2022 tax rates for Harris County, the Harris County Flood Control District, Harris County Hospital District dba Harris Health, and Port of Houston Authority. Order for Adoption Consideration of approval of orders for adoption of the proposed 2022 tax rates for Harris County $0.36035, the Harris County Flood Control District $0.03476, Harris County Hospital District $0.17253 and Port of Houston Authority $0.00744 for an overall total of $0.57508.
Attachments: 1. County Tax Rate Adoption 2022 Draft_v2.pdf, 2. Flood Tax Rate Adoption 2022 Draft.pdf, 3. Hospital Tax Rate Adoption 2022 Draft.pdf, 4. Port Tax Rate Adoption 2022 Draft.pdf

Department: Management and Budget

Department Head/Elected Official: Daniel Ramos, Executive Director

 

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Regular RCA

Type of Request: Tax Rate

 

Project ID (if applicable): N/A

Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): N/A

 

MWDBE Contracted Goal (if applicable): N/A

MWDBE Current Participation (if applicable): N/A

Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal:  N/A - Goal not applicable to request

 

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):

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Request for discussion and approval of the 2022 tax rates for Harris County, the Harris County Flood Control District, Harris County Hospital District dba Harris Health, and Port of Houston Authority.

 

Order for Adoption

Consideration of approval of orders for adoption of the proposed 2022 tax rates for Harris County $0.36035, the Harris County Flood Control District $0.03476, Harris County Hospital District $0.17253 and Port of Houston Authority $0.00744 for an overall total of $0.57508.

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Background and Discussion:

 

Commissioners Court must set the 2022 tax rates for Harris County, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Hospital District, and the Port of Houston. Setting rates is a multi-step process: Commissioners Court votes to propose rates (September 6) then holds a hearing and formally votes to adopt rates (September 13).

 

The range of rates Commissioners Court can adopt is set by statute and cannot exceed the “Voter Approval Rate” without an election. If Commissioners Court fails to adopt rates, the rates revert to the “No New Revenue Rates”.

 

The County Administrator and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recommend a combined Maintenance and Operation (M&O) and Interest and Sinking (I&S) Harris County Rate of $0.36035 per $100 of assessed value: $0.31762 for M&O and $0.04273 for I&S. The proposed rate would be a reduction in the overall rate for the fourth consecutive year.

 

The County Administrator and OMB recommend a Flood Control District (FCD) rate of $0.03476 per $100 of assessed value: $0.02463 for the M&O rate and $0.01013 for the I&S rate. The proposed FCD budget is $137M, which includes, an additional $5M in sediment removal and channel erosion repairs and adds an additional $790K for other repair projects to maintain current levels of necessary maintenance to maintain the capacity on existing infrastructure. The budget covers the debt service for flood control projects approved by voters in the 2018 Bond Election.

 

The Port of Houston’s proposed tax rate supports their debt service only and is $0.00744 per $100 of assessed value a 14.7% decrease from FY 2021.

 

The Harris County Hospital District, dba Harris Health’s proposed tax rate is $0.17253 per $100 of assessed value: $0.17100 for the M&O rate and $0.00153 for the debt service rate.

 

Expected Impact:

 

The proposed rate and budget:

 

                     Reduces the General Fund and FCD combined tax rate by 3.7%.

                     Maintains current level of service for County departments and strategically invests in law enforcement, infrastructure, and flood resiliency.

 

Proposed Tax Rates

$ per 100 dollars

2022

Actual 2021

Change

as %

County M&O

0.31762

0.33500

(0.01738)

-5.2%

County Debt Service

0.04273

0.04193

0.00080

1.9%

Total

0.36035

0.37693

(0.01658)

-4.4%

Flood Control M&O

0.02463

0.02599

(0.00136)

-5.2%

Flood Control Debt Service

0.01013

0.00750

0.00263

35.1%

Total

0.03476

0.03349

0.00127

3.8%

Hospital M&O

0.17100

0.16047

0.01053

6.6%

Hospital Debt Service

0.00153

0.00174

(0.00021)

-12.1%

Total

0.17253

0.16221

0.01032

6.4%

Port

0.00744

0.00872

(0.00128)

-14.7%

Grand Total

0.57508

0.58135

(0.00627)

-1.1%

 

Alternative Options:

 

Commissioners Court could choose instead to implement the No New Revenue Rates, which would substantially decrease revenue when the County has growing needs for investments in infrastructure, health, public safety, and other areas. Over time, No New Revenue Rates are unlikely to support the County’s rising service expenses due to inflation and a growing population. Commissioners Court could also negotiate a rate between the Voter Approval Rate and the No New Revenue Rates.

 

Alignment with Goal(s):

X Justice and Safety

X Economic Opportunity

X Housing

X Public Health

X Transportation

X Flooding

X Environment

X Governance and Customer Service

 

Prior Court Action (if any):

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Precinct(s): Countywide

 

Fiscal and Personnel Summary

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SFY 22

FY 23

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Total Current Budget

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Additional Budget Requested

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Total Additional Budget Requested

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Personnel (Fill out section only if requesting new PCNs)

Current Position Count for Service

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Additional Positions Requested

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Total Personnel

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Anticipated Court Date: September 13, 2022

Anticipated Implementation Date (if different from Court date): October 1, 2022

Emergency/Disaster Recovery Note: Not an emergency, disaster, or COVID-19 related item

Contact(s) name, title, department: Daniel Ramos, Executive Director

Attachments (if applicable): Court Orders