Fiscal Responsibility

Message from the Mayor


Mayor Annise Parker


My administration has five priorities:


• Jobs and sustainable development

• Public safety

• Infrastructure

• Quality of life and

• Fiscal responsibility


This web page will provide a detailed look at the progress we’ve made, and will continue to make, in the area of fiscal responsibility.


Our job growth continues to be the envy of the rest of the nation, property values are improving and consumer spending is on the rise.  Challenges remain, but we will continue to meet them head on with firm fiscal stewardship.

Economic Development


By the end of 2013, the City of Houston recorded more than $4 billion of new economic investment, resulting in more than 19,000 created or retained jobs.


Pension Update


Long Range Financial Mgmt Task Force


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009


Accounts Receivable & Collections


Updates below are .pdf unless otherwise indicated


Tax Collections


The following are the governmental taxes that the City of Houston collects:


  • Property Taxes City's current rate is $0.63875 / per $100 taxable value
  • Sales Taxes Total state and local tax rate is 8.25%.
    • Composition of the total tax rate is as below:
      • State collects 6.25%,
      • METRO (Transit) collects 1% and
      • City collects 1%
  • Hotel Occupancy Taxes Total state and local tax rate is 17%
    • Composition of the total tax rate is as below:
      • State collects 6%;
      • County collects 2%,
      • Houston-Harris County Sports Authority collects 2% and City collects 7%
  • Mixed Beverage Taxes State tax rate is 14% on the mixed beverage sales
    • City collects 10.7143% of the total amount paid for any businesses located within the City.
  • Bingo Taxes State tax rate is 5% of the amount or value of all bingo prizes awarded City collects 2.5% of the prizes won

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eVendor Disbursement


The Controller's Office is responsible for Houston's cash disbursements. City Controller Ronald C. Green has made these daily payment records available to increase office transparency and show the nature of payments made by the City. If you are a City supplier or have questions about the nature of a specific payment, please contact the Department you are currently working with. For additional information on specific payments please contact our City Vendor Liaison. The data contained on this website is for informational purposes only.