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  GCTO offices are closed as result of
Galveston County - Stay at Home Order 3.23.20.pdfGalveston County - Stay at Home Order 3.23.20.pdf.  We will reopen April 6th unless order is lifted.
 Property Tax Payments:
The Governor has NOT extended tax payment deadlines; however, due to GCTO closure, 2019 property tax payments received by April 6th will be processed as March payments.  For those having difficulty making payments, please email and we will contact you to provide options.
TxDMV Information:
The Governor waived rules for 60 days regarding registration, permanent disabled person placards and titling - suspending penalties and extending
deadlines.  All 30 day temporary permits have been extended 30 days.
Appraisal District Info
 The Harris and Galveston CADs are closed to the public.  Please contact them via telephone, mail or email (see contact info below).
Harris CAD has mailed 2020 appraisal notices and Galveston CAD will mail April 20.
Chief Appraisers of both CADs have extended the business personal property rendition deadline to May 15th.
                                       Galveston CAD:  Email:    
                                                                         Telephone:  409-935-1980 or 1-866-277-4725 (toll free)
                                                                         Address:  9850 EF Lowry Expressway, Texas City, TX 77550  
                                       Harris CAD:         Email:
                                                                         Telephone:  713-957-7800
                                                                        Address:  13013 Northwest Freeway (290), Houston, TX



 Cheryl  E. Johnson, PCC 


Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector


Welcome to the Galveston County Tax Office!  Our mission is to provide exemplary service in a cost efficient manner to all customers.  Since 2005, our team has been dedicated to serving the public and governmental entities with enthusiasm and excellence.  We will continue to focus on improving accountability, the quality of services and aggressively seek ways to lower cost.  We are working smarter and delivering more to you!

                                All Departments                 (877) 766-2284 (toll free)
                                Support Services                (877) 766-2284 (toll free)
              Property Tax                         (409) 766-2481
                                  Voter Registration               (888) 976-2280 (toll free) 
                                                                (409) 766-2280
 Questions?  Call toll free or Email:
Motto of the Galveston County Tax Office:  The race for quality has no finish line!
 10 Commandments of Customer Service (plus one)
  1.  The customer is never an interruption to our work...the customer IS our work!
  2.   Brighten every customer’s day.  Greet everyone with a smile.
  3.   Whenever possible, call customers by name.
  4.   Project professional courtesy and dignity.
  5.   State things in a positive way.
  6.   Never argue with a customer.
  7.   Always go the extra mile to provide assistance.
  8.   Never say, “I don’t know” without saying,  but I would be more than
           happy to find out!
  9.   Never blame others.
  10.   Never forget our customers pay our salary.
  11.   Be remarkable!

See Motor Vehicle Information link for information on off highway vehicles!    


Senate Bill 2 has and will continue to increase transparency and make it easier for citizens to find out important information about their local governments during the assessment process.  Assessment is not about value, rather it is the process of calculating tax rates using the appraisal totals provided by county appraisal districts.

The names of some of the rates we calculate will be changing - the Effective Tax Rate will now be referred to as the No New Revenue TaRate and the Rollback Rate will now be referred to as the Voter Approval Rate.  For most governments, any increase in revenue above 3.5% will require automatic voter approval at the next November election.  School district Voter Approval Rate beginning in 2020 will be 2.5%!

You should have experienced savings on your school district tax rates in 2019 (if your value did not increase) with implementation of House Bill 3.  Find additional information at the Press Releases and Other Important Information link at the left. 



The schedules for the 2020 tax year public hearings will be published as local government partners set dates and will be listed here.  The actual notices will be published under the Property Tax Information - Entity Partners link above.

The Truth in Taxation Five Year Summary is located below and under the Property Tax Information - Entity Partners link above at left.


Truth In Taxation Five Year Rate Report 2014 through 2019.pdfTruth In Taxation Five Year Rate Report 2014 through 2019.pdf