Aug 28, 2009

Tax Man

In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein rants about the new property tax rate in Nederland:

And if you want to know - $1.21 is now one of the highest rates in the state of Texas. Even our friends in Houston pay $1.15 per $100 in valuation. 

Philip's entire thesis is based on this statement. Since he didn't cite a source, he's maliciously spreading misinformation with a reckless disregard for the truth, or he's so confused that he can't verify the facts for himself. I think he's lying.

The Houston ISD has the lowest tax rate in all of Harris County -- the rate in every other district is equal to or greater than Nederland's new rate.

From highest to lowest, according to the State Comptroller's Office:

  Galena Park ISD 1.46
  North Forest ISD 1.44
  New Caney ISD 1.44
  Sheldon ISD 1.43
  Waller ISD 1.42
  Pearland ISD 1.42
  Spring Branch ISD 1.38
  Clear Creek ISD 1.36
  Tomball ISD 1.36
  Cypress-Fairbanks ISD 1.35
  Pasadena ISD 1.35
  Alief ISD 1.34
  Crosby ISD 1.34
  Deer Park ISD 1.34
  La Porte ISD 1.33
  Klein ISD 1.31
  Aldine ISD 1.29
  Goose Creek CISD     1.28
  Channelview ISD 1.24
  Stafford MSD 1.24
  Dayton ISD 1.21
  Houston ISD 1.16

Here are the local rates in Jefferson, Hardin, and Orange County, again sorted from highest to lowest:

  Hardin Warren ISD 1.39
  Jefferson Hardin-Jefferson ISD 1.35
  Hardin Hardin-Jefferson ISD 1.35
  Jefferson Hamshire-Fannett ISD 1.33
  Hardin Silsbee ISD 1.32
  Jefferson Port Arthur ISD 1.31
  Jefferson Port Neches-Groves ISD 1.28
  Orange West Orange-Cove CISD 1.25
  Hardin West Hardin CISD 1.21
  Orange Bridge City ISD 1.21
  Orange Vidor ISD 1.21
  Jefferson Beaumont ISD 1.19
  Hardin Kountze ISD 1.18
  Orange Orangefield ISD 1.17
  Orange Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD    1.15
  Jefferson Sabine Pass ISD 1.13
  Hardin Lumberton ISD 1.13
  Jefferson Nederland ISD (old rate) 1.12

Readers can plainly see that the Nederland ISD previously had the lowest rate in Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin County. Their new rate 1.21 puts them midway through the pack, not “one of the highest rates in the state of Texas” as Klein claims.

Any comment, Philip, or should we save this for sworn testimony?


Anonymous said...

Nice article as should check the rates in Plano, Gus.

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Anonymous said...

Hit him with the facts, he doesn't know how to compute them.

Anonymous said...

According to news reports, Gavin Bruney, one of PRK's "heroes," made a motion to raise the rate all the way to $1.25 but it died for lack of a second. Explain that, Phil.