Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Issues Statement on Property Tax Fairness



May 14, 2013 -- "Property tax fairness is an issue important to the city’s bottom line and that of every residential property owner because they are bearing an unequal tax burden.  Clearly, all properties need to be valued appropriately.  The current system is obviously inequitable and rewards a lack of transparency by the owners of many commercial properties.  All too often, sound valuations made by Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) are unfairly attacked by these owners, and HCAD, bound by a system that favors the owners, is forced to defend its actions with one hand tied behind its back. It is time for a change, and the state legislature is the primary place to make that change.  The City of Houston will work with HCAD, the Houston Organization of Public Employees and other groups to achieve that change."