For a complete ten year history of the City's adopted tax rate go to the Tax Department's webpage.
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To start new utility service you will need to fill out an application and have a valid form of identification such as a driver’s license, a state ID, a passport, a TWIC card, or a Federal ID if a business. There is a $125 deposit for residential service and a commercial deposit based on the type of business being set up, the deposit varies from $125 to $1,000 or more.
The deposit can be waived for residential service only as long as the customer can provide evidence from their previous water utility that they had water service in the past 12 months without any late fees. Bring the application and ID with the deposit to the Water Department in city hall 710 E San Augustine St during working hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you need further assistance, please call the Water Department at 281-478-7221.
For example a house valued at $120,000 with a homestead exemption would be taxed as follows:120,000 x .20 = 24,000120,000 - 24,000 = 96,00096,000 x .7200/100 = $691.20
How to Read Your Water Meter and Check for Leaks Check Your Meter Below are instructions on how to check your meter to find out how much water is going through the meter. Knowing the volume of water will help you determine the amount of water you are using or the possible size of a leak.
Your water meter is read monthly.
Garbage pickup has two schedules.
You can call the Collections Office at 281-478-7221 for specific information on when your garbage is scheduled for pickup. You can call Public Works for questions dealing with what can be thrown away in the garbage, heavy trash pickup, or questions dealing with recycling at 281-478-7252.
The city offers a $50,000 exemption off the value for granted over 65 and disability exemptions. For example a house valued at $120,000 with a homestead exemption and over 65 or disability exemption would be taxed as follows.
The city also has a tax ceiling in effect which places a cap on what a resident who has an over 65 or disability exemption will pay for property taxes.