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 Cheryl  E. Johnson, PCC

Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector
Motto of the Galveston County Tax Office:  The race for quality has no finish line!

 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: galcotax@co.galveston.tx.us
  
 
Motto of the Galveston County Tax Office:  The race for quality has no finish line!
   
 
Customer Service Commandments 
 
  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!
  
 
                                 Hot Topics
 
 
 ELIMINATION OF STRAIGHT
          PARTY VOTING!
House Bill 25, passed during the 85th Legislative Session, eliminated straight-party voting effective September 1, 2020 (Section 64.004, Texas Election Code). 
If you wish to vote for all of the candidates affiliated with one party, you should
select each candidate one at a time on your ballot.
 
El Proyecto de Ley 25 de la Camara de Representantes, aprobado durate la 85 Sesion Legislativa, elimino la votacion de partido unico a partir del 1 de septiembre de 2020
(Seccion 64.004, Codigo Electoral de Texas).  Si desea votar por todos los candidatos afiliados a un partido, debe seleccionar a cada candidato uno a la vez en su boleta.
 
 
 
You May Need a Plate for That!
 

License plates ARE REQUIRED for off highway vehicles and golf carts IF THEY ARE PERMITED BY CITY ORDINANCE TO BE DRIVEN IN DESIGNATED ROADWAYS.  Only Neighborhood Electric and Low Speed Vehicles may legally be driven on most roadways (unless specifically prohibited).  

 

Plates may be obtained from any county tax office at a cost of $14.75 and must be accompanied by a 130U (see form below).  PLEASE NOTE - SIMPLY PURCHASING A LICENSE PLATE DOES NOT ENABLE YOU TO DRIVE IT ON TEXAS ROADS!  As of 10/5/2020, we have determined the following cities permit off highway vehicles or golf carts (this list will be updated as additional information is obtained):

 

     Bayou Vista - golf carts and OHV

     Clear Lake Shores - golf carts; OHV may be considered in future

     Galveston  - golf carts

     Hitchcock - golf carts only

     Jamaica Beach - golf carts and OHV

     Santa Fe - golf carts only

     Texas City - golf carts and OHV

     Tiki Island - golf carts only

     

130U for Golf Cart License Plates for Individuals.pdf130U for Golf Cart License Plates for Individuals.pdf

Please note that the Governor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration remains in effect for motor vehicle titling and registration thus off ORV and golf cart owners have 60 days from date of declaration end to comply.  Avoid the line and obtain plates via the mail!   


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             PROPERTY OWNER ALERT!   

 
Both Galveston Central and Harris County Appraisal Districts mailed postcards
with a link to view how much your 2020 taxes could be if local governments
adopt the rates they are proposing.  Most governments are now in the process of
adopting rates and all of our entity partner proposed rates have been entered.
 
For information about the Assessment (calculation) phase please click on the link
above at left "Truth in Taxation".  The names, email addresses and telephone numbers
of every elected official, as well as the official contact information for each government
is posted on that page along with the 2020 tax calculations and public hearing notices
when available.  Also included below are the public hearing schedules. 
  
PLEASE PARTICIPATE!  ​NOW is the time for you to have the second
greated impact on what your 2020 taxes will be - the first was protesting your
property value!  The transparency of property taxation was transformed with
passage of Senate Bill 2 in the 85th Legislative Session.  Now it is up to you!
 
      PROPERTY TAX RATE PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE
 
ALL GALVESTON COUNTY TAX OFFICE PARTNERS HAVE HELD THEIR HEARINGS AND ADOPTED THEIR RATES.  PLEASE SEE TRUTH IN TAXATION LINK ABOVE FOR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND GOVERNMENTS THAT COMPLIED WITH SB 2. 
 
 
 
The below file includes a five year history of all of the calculated and adopted rates for all Galveston County governments that have properly reported them.  This information is provided
as required by Section 26.16 of the Texas Property Tax Code. 
 
 
  
    Effectively Protest Your Property Value
  
Classes are over as is the opportunity to protest the value for 2020 unless there is a substantial error on the part of the CAD.  Prepare for next year by downloading and
reading the booklet.  The spreadsheet posted below is explained in the booklet.  It, in combination with the spreadsheet, provides all of the tools needed to effectively
lower your property value. 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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