Board of Trustees approves 2016 property tax rates
10.14.2016 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas — The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved the 2016 ad valorem property tax rate for the College District during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.
The rate approved by the Board is 18.2379 cents per $100 valuation of taxable property located within the San Jacinto Community College District. The tax rate is comprised of an assessment for maintenance and operations (12.9194 cents) and a separate assessment for principal and interest due (5.3185 cents) during the coming year on outstanding general obligation bonds.
“As tax payers ourselves, those of us who serve on the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees are aware of the impact that decisions such as the tax rate have on the citizens and students in the communities we serve,” said Mr. Dan Mims, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Chairman. “While this rate is an increase over last year due to the sale of $150 million in bonds from the recent bond election, it remains lower than the tax rate from 2011 through 2014.”
Based on certified property tax values for 2016 from the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD), the adopted operating tax rate is adequate to support the current budget of $63.15 million for maintenance and operations, which represents approximately 38.6 percent of the College’s unrestricted operating budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017. San Jacinto College, like all Texas community colleges, is primarily funded based on three major revenue sources: property taxes, state appropriations, and tuition and fees.
The average taxable value of a residence homestead in San Jacinto Community College District this year is $97,066. With the adopted rate of $0.182379 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $177.03.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College, approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.