Sen. Bettencourt Refutes Harris County Judge's Claim, says County Will Raise more Property Revenues in 2022 – with No 'Deficit'


Senate District 7 Analysis takes issue with Judge Hidalgo's Tweet

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — "This must be a spending problem – not a revenue problem – and Judge Hidalgo shouldn't be twisting the truth," said the principle author of Senate Bill 2, Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston,) weighing in on Harris County's use of the "no-new-revenue-tax-rate" and what it means for future County Property Tax Revenues.

The no new-revenue-tax-rate means no growth on last year's 2021 property tax levy, but allows for new growth of $72 million dollars for all four taxing units set by the Harris County Commissioners Court.

However, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (right,) recently tweeted about a $45 million 'deficit' in the Hospital District.
 
"Despite a record potential $245 million dollar savings to Harris County Taxpayers, Judge Hidalgo is trying to blame property tax rates for a supposed $45 million dollar 'deficit' in the Harris County Hospital District," said Senator Bettencourt.

"The truth is, the Hospital District will receive an estimated $20 million MORE property tax revenue dollars in 2022 than in 2021 using the no-newrevenue-tax-rate."

The chart below shows the Estimated Property Tax Levies in 2021 – and the effect of using the "No-New-Revenue-Tax-Rate" in 2022 – if they are mailed out in this fall's property tax bill statements. The four county tax units would raise a total of $72.6 million more dollars of estimated new revenue, with no "deficit" as claimed by Judge Hidalgo.
Also, says Bettencourt, Harris County has a total of $1.3 billion dollars in "Unexpended Balance," while the Hospital District has $1.1 billion dollars in unrestricted funds according to the February 28, 2022 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) actual references.

"If Judge Hidalgo is wondering about combined county account balances of $2.4 billion dollars in unexpended balances, what 'deficit' can't be funded?" Senator Bettencourt concluded.
















 
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