Why are Galveston County Taxes 26% Higher than Surrounding Counties?

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As a Galveston County taxpayer, I have a simple question.  Why is Galveston County’s tax rate the 26% higher than the surrounding counties?

The following table is taken directly from the Texas State Comptroller’s website which shows the effective tax rate for every county in the State.  If you would like to look at the data for yourself, you can find it [here].

Here are the actual tax rates for each county the percentage that Galveston County is higher.

I just paid my Galveston County property taxes for 2017.  I nearly choked.  I could not believe how high they were.  So, I started doing some research and was shocked to find that Galveston County has the highest tax rate of any County in our region.

Property taxes are killing the average homeowner today.  Of course, the County is just part of the total tax bill, but it is inexcusable for it have a rate that is 26% higher than any other county in the region.

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1 Comment
  • Robert D Price
    Posted at 15:39h, 18 December Reply

    I live in Galveston county now and am looking to purchase a larger home with property. I think not the description “forever” home as being the final property you see yourself growing old and paying it off but I am now forced to look just outside of the county! I am seeing property with annual taxes of over 30K and I am still 15 years from being elligble for a tax freeze. At this rate I would probably need to continue some kind of part time job well past retirement simply to pay my property taxes on Property that I would own and have paid off. I would like to see an answer to this post because I have no issue with taxes I just have issue with why these taxes are so much higher than Brazoria county just 5 mins away.

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