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					October 10, 2005

Honorable Commissioners Court
1001 Preston, 9th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002

Reference: Public Hearing on Tax Rate - Harris County 2005 Tax Roll Analysis

Court Members:

The taxable value of Harris County’s 2005 Tax Roll is once again increasing due to net growth in
both residential and business sectors to over $200 billion of taxable value for each of the four
county taxing units.

The percentage increase in taxable value for 2004 is near 4.7% for the county and slightly less for
the Flood Control District, the Port of Houston Authority, and the Hospital District due to the
exclusion of Railroad Rolling Stock and the Freeport Exemption. One penny of the Harris
County tax rate now generates $20.3 million in property tax levy. As the attached graph
indicates, the tax levy per penny of tax rate has grown 64.4% since 1997.

The average appraised value of a home in Harris County has risen to $141,668 for 2005, with
taxable value up 5.67% since 2004. The average Houston-area homeowner could see their
combined property tax bill rise by over 7.5% due to proposed increases in combined tax rates on
top of appraised value-driven increases.

As a result, the average Houston area homeowners tax bill increase exceeds the increase in the
per penny Harris County Levy graph due to the effect of the Education taxing units tax rate
increases since 1997 and the higher value growth rates of homes.

Finally, this year’s new Truth-in-Taxation notices no longer include the analysis of taxes on the
average home and also understate tax levies as well. For example, Harris County’s published
notice shows $27,253,212 or 3.49% more taxes imposed than last year, while a more accurate
estimate would be $36,308,837 or 4.69%.

An Analysis of Tax Levy Increases for each County Taxing Unit showing a combined increase in
levy of $50,118,453 or 4.04% is attached for your review. If you have any questions, please do
not hesitate to contact my office at 713-368-2510.

Sincerely,



Paul Bettencourt
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector

Attachments
                                                                                      Harris County
                                                                         Tax Levy Generated from 1-Penny of Tax Rate


   Year           1997                1998                    1999                 2000                    2001                    2002                2003                2004        2005
    Cert       $123,357,500        $131,175,563          $132,235,882           $144,015,854         $157,904,118               $160,259,371     $171,548,459       $172,141,212
  Uncert          $1,026              $323                $8,971,272            $10,034,082             $10,767,180             $16,455,192      $13,794,488         $21,570,113
  Tot Val      $123,358,526        $131,175,886          $141,207,154           $154,049,936         $168,671,298               $176,714,563     $185,342,947       $193,711,325    $203,945,215
Adjustment *                                                                                                                                                                         -0.54680%
  Est Val      $123,358,526        $131,175,886          $141,207,154           $154,049,936         $168,671,298               $176,714,563     $185,342,947       $193,711,325    $202,830,042


  1-Penny        $12,336             $13,118                 $14,121              $15,405                $16,867                  $17,671             $18,534             $19,371     $20,283
   % Inc                              6.34%                   7.65%                9.09%                  9.49%                    4.77%               4.88%              4.52%        4.71%
 Tot % Inc                                                                                                                                                                            64.42%

                                            * End of year tax roll adjustment based on 5-year average change between initial and current tax rolls.


                                                                                              1-Penny
                      (x $1000)
                         $22,000

                         $20,000

                         $18,000

                         $16,000

                         $14,000

                         $12,000

                         $10,000
                                     1997             1998             1999          2000           2001               2002            2003           2004       2005
                         1-Penny    $12,336         $13,118           $14,121      $15,405         $16,867            $17,671         $18,534    $19,371        $20,283


                                                                           Prepared by the Harris County Tax Office
                                                                                           10.10.05
                                 Harris County Tax Levy Analysis on Proposed 2005 Rates
                                                                   2004-2005

                                     County               Flood                         Port            Hospital        Total Levy
           2004 TV               $193,749,654,191   $193,709,721,000             $193,709,721,000   $193,709,721,000

           2004 TR                   0.39986             0.03318                      0.01673           0.19021

          2004 Levy                $774,727,367        $64,272,885                  $32,407,636      $368,455,260      $1,239,863,149


           2005 TV               $203,945,214,571   $200,557,501,375             $200,557,501,375   $200,557,501,375

       Roll Adjustment              -0.54680%           -0.54680%                   -0.54680%          -0.54680%

         Est 2005 TV             $202,830,041,483   $199,460,852,313             $199,460,852,313   $199,460,852,313


      2005 Proposed Rate             0.39986             0.03322                      0.01474           0.19216           0.63998

Est 2005 Levy w/ Proposed Rate     $811,036,204        $66,260,895                  $29,400,530      $383,283,974      $1,289,981,602

        Inc over 2004              $36,308,837          $1,988,010                  -$3,007,107       $14,828,713       $50,118,453

       % Inc over 2004                4.69%               3.09%                       -9.28%             4.02%             4.04%


   1-Penny of 2004 Tax Roll        $19,374,965         $19,370,972                  $19,370,972       $19,370,972

   1-Penny of 2005 Tax Roll        $20,283,004         $19,946,085                  $19,946,085       $19,946,085

       % Inc over 2004                4.69%               2.97%                        2.97%             2.97%

                                                    Prepared by the Harris County Tax Office
                                                                    10.10.05

				
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