Property tax assessments for homes were increased by 8.8% for the tax year 2021, based on a review of 232,363 homes valued by Harris Appraisal District. Homes valued between 300K to 500K had the largest increases, average 9.7% higher than 2020.
Review of 232,363 homes valued at $300,000 or indicates an increase in assessed value of $127.8 billion, up 8.14% from $138.2 billion in 2021. Total property taxes for 2021 for homes valued over $300,000 would total $3,801.0 million, based on a 2.7% tax rate before considering homestead exemptions.
Harris has 26,247 homes valued at $1 million or higher. They are valued at $45.6 billion in 2021, up from $42.5 billion in 2020. Values were increased for 20,831 homes, reduced for 3,024 homes, and remained flat for 2,392 homes.
Homes valued at $300,000 to 500,000 increased from $49.9 billion in 2020 to $54.5billion in 2021, an 9.2% increase. Of the 148,286 in this price range, values were increased for 127,494, reduced for 11,663 and remained flat for 9,128.
Luxury homes valued at $500,000 to $1,000,000 rose to $38 billion in 2021 from $35.3 billion in 2020, a 7.4% increase. This group of homes had the smallest level of increase, but still a sizable increase. Most homes in this price range saw an increase in the property tax assessment. Of 57,856 homes valued at $500,000 to $1,000,000, 46,512 were increased in tax assessment, 6,473 were reduced and 4,868 did not change.
Harris County homeowners are encouraged to protest their property tax assessment, regardless of whether it was increased, reduced, or remained flat. Harris Appraisal District has limited staff to value well over 200,000 homes in Harris County. Homes are valued using the cost approach. The only option for quality control is a property tax protest. Otherwise, Harris Appraisal District staff is highly unlikely to review the estimate of value generated by their computers.
There is no risk to appealing. The appraisal district and appraisal review board may not increase the assessed value due to an appeal. The only options are to reduce it or leave it the same. 85% of homeowners who appealed in 2019 were successful in reducing their property tax assessment.
The property tax appeal deadline is Monday, May 17th.