There seems to be some confusion about the recent tax statement that St. George Place (SGP) residents just received from Equi-Tax, so I am going to try and clarify it.
From 2016 going back 20+ years, all property owners were assessed a fee by the Lamar Terrace PID #2. The fee was a flat 7 cents per square foot of land for each property owner. The fee was included in the annual tax statement you received from Harris County.
Starting in 2017, the PID will no longer assess this fee. If you look at your 2017 Harris County tax statement you will see that there is no longer a Lamar Terrace PID #2 line item. Instead, all property owners will pay an ad valorem tax of .115 cents per $100 of valuation to the newly created Municipal Management District (MMD). For those who are not aware, the creation of the management district was approved earlier this year by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the proposition to assess the ad valorem tax was approved by the majority of voters during the November election. Since the ad valorem tax was approved too late to be included on your 2017 Harris County tax statement, Equi-Tax is overseeing the billing and collection for this year. Starting in 2018, the tax will appear on your annual Harris County tax statement.
You can easily compare the difference from 2016 to 2017. Look at the amount assessed by Lamar Terrace PID #2 on your 2016 Harris County tax statement and compare that to the amount being billed on the Equi-Tax statement you just received. For the average valued property in SGP the difference will be about $382. If your property is above the average priced home in SGP your difference will be higher and likewise, the difference will be lower if your home is valued below the average.
The additional revenue raised by the ad valorem tax allows SGP to increase the SEAL security patrol of our neighborhood to 24 hours per day – 365 days per year as opposed to the 60 hours per week we had with the PID fee. It will also allow for additional beautification of our neighborhood. Over the next year we are planning replace dead landscaping, improve the seasonal landscaping around the monuments, and add some new trees.
I hope this clarifies any questions you may have. Please use the “Contact Us” form and select “Other” if you have any additional questions to ask.