2015 - The 2016-2017 Voter Registration Certificates are in the Mail!
After months of stops and starts with the Secretary of State Texas Election Administration Management (TEAM) system upgrades, nearly 179,000
voter certificates will soon arrive in Galveston County mailboxes. The blue and white certificates will be valid from January 1, 2016 through
December 31, 2017.
The certificate may not be forwarded by the US Postal Service thus, if a voter moved since the December 2013 mail out without updating the
information with the Voter Registration Department or DPS, it will be returned to the County Tax Office.
2015 - Deadline approaches for First Half of Split Payment!
Galveston County property owners wishing to take advantage of the split/half payment option have until November 30th to have the first payment
postmarked in order to avoid penalty and interest on the second half which is due by June 30, 2016. All but two GCTO government partners
participate in the payment option (City of Dickinson and Dickinson ISD).
2015 - The 2015 Tax Statement Newsletter
This newsletter provides information for office contacts, branch locations, payment options for your property taxes and Property Tax Seminars,
"Effectively Protest Your Appraised Value" provided by Cheryl E. Johnson.
2015 - Unclaimed Property Tax Refunds
According to a recent search of Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar's Unclaimed Property Website (ClaimItTexas.org), there are "...more
than 25 million properties...about $4 billion in missing money waiting to be claimed" and it is "never to late to make a claim". With this Comptroller
doing a bang up job of making it easier than ever to find lost items, Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector Cheryl E. Johnson decided to do
2015 - Tax Office Deadlines Loom
Are you truly interested in lowering the cost of government? County Tax Assessor-Collector Cheryl Johnson encourages you to put your money where your mouth is and sign up no later than September 15th to receive your 2015 tax statement via email. Simply log on to your property tax account online at www.galcotax.com and scroll down to Register to Receive Electronic Tax Statements.
"This feature is especially beneficial for anyone who recently purchased a property or refinanced as lenders request statements midsummer so those who paid off a loan may not receive a statement without taking advantage of this option," stated Johnson. "Each online statement saves over fifty cents and those cents add up to common sense!"
2015 - Tax Office Announces New Partnership
Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector Cheryl E. Johnson is pleased to announce its newest grocery partner, HEB Grocery Company, LP. Residents can expect to see motor vehicle registration renewal services starting during the month of September at the Bay Colony, Friendswood, League City and Texas City stores.
Texas county tax assessor collectors have the ability to establish partnerships with a variety of individuals to expand availability of vehicle registration services to county residents.
2015 - Texas Constitutional Election November 3rd
Voter turnout for Texas Constitutional Amendments is dismal and an election is right around the corner! Remember that the Texas Constitution limits government so it is very important that Texans vote! Heed the warning of Thomas Jefferson, "The government you elect is government you deserve" and vote!
2015 - Final Quarter Installment Due July 31st
Seniors, disabled persons and veterans have until Friday, July 31st to make that final fourth installment payment on home property taxes.
2015 - Last Day to Split Pay & Last Call for Pay Agreements
Property owners that participated in the split or half payment option to pay 2014 taxes need to take note that the second and final payment is due (or must be postmarked) by June 30th to avoid costly penalties and interest. If you are struggling to pay taxes on your property, you have until June 30th to apply for a monthly pay agreement.....
2015 - Seven Step Process Released by Public Demand
With nearly 100,000 property tax value increases across Galveston County and with the end of the Legislative Session around the corner with little hope for property tax reform, Galveston County Tax Assessor/Collector Cheryl E. Johnson has released a one page summary for property owners needing assistance in understanding the process and their recourse...
2015 - Taxed Into Awareness
Every year county appraisal districts mail notices of appraised value increases to hundreds of thousands of property owners across the State which prompts protests by unhappy taxpayers. Nearly 100,000 notices were mailed in Galveston County last week and my phones lit up! The people are not happy!
Me neither. My value increased more than $100,000! Over time, that will result in a $3,000 tax spread out over the next four years.
2015 - Half/Split Payment Coupons in the Mail
Property owners that participated in the split or half payment option to pay 2014 taxes will soon receive the second payment coupon letter. The second and final payment must be postmarked by June 30, 2015 to avoid costly penalties and interest.
*** Click here to download the '2015 Protest Spreadsheet' for property taxes. Please note that you must have Microsoft Excel installed on your local computer to download and utilize the worksheet. If you are using Internet Explorer, click 'Open' and then 'Cancel' on the Windows Security screen to access file. Click here to report any issues.***
2015 - Protest Your Property Value Booklet
2015 - Important Year to Protest Your Property Value
The real estate market has been robust so expect notices from the county appraisal district that your property value is up over the last year. Although many had hoped that the more than 100 tea party supported candidates who have taken office in the Texas Senate and House over the last three legislative sessions would finally act to lessen the pain of appraisal creep, a future with lower appraisal caps doesn't look good for the 84th Session.
2015 - How does the Two Steps One Sticker affect you?
Beginning March 1, the long awaited one-windshield-sticker program will be in place. Gone are the days of a registration that expires one month and an inspection sticker another. How will this affect you?
2015 - Deadline to Register for May Elections
Whether happy or unhappy, the way to impact your government is to vote! Whether a Constitutional, primary, general or local election, voting is both a right and a duty and, with local May elections right around the corner, you have until April 9, 2015 to register or update your address.
2015 - The Real Property Tax Solution
It has been reported that commercial and industrial property values in Galveston County are below full market value as presented by the county appraisal district. Likely but there is a reason for that and it is called mass appraisal. It has been suggested that the best way to fix the low values is to require the sales prices be disclosed. I could not disagree more.
2015 - Legislative Activities
With the deadline for filing bills behind us, I am pleased to report that your County Tax Office has 14 on the table with two others very similar to our proposals AND another 12 that support our policy positions (which by the way came from the voters and property owners of Galveston County). I am pleased to report that the Lt. Governor is staying true to his promises and has insured tax relief is the first topic of the day with Senate Bill 1 already having a hearing in Senate Finance.
2015 - Online VDR Training for Renewing Volunteer Deputy Registrars Begins
Volunteer Deputy Registrars (VDR) are partners with County Voter Registrars, assisting citizens in registering to vote and educating them on the importance of voting. A high level of ethical conduct is required to be a VDR as they are responsible for protecting applicants' right to vote. At the end of the last VDR cycle, 275 volunteers were active in Galveston County.
2015 - Property Tax Deadline Looms!
The deadline to make property tax payments without penalty and interest is extended this year to February 2nd since January 31st falls on a weekend giving you just a couple of extra days to hold onto your money! Traditionally two branches of the Galveston County Tax Office have extended hours on the last day to pay timely; however, this year hours will be extended in the Galveston and League City branches from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, January 30th. All other offices (Santa Fe, Texas City and Friendswood Satellite offices) will be open normal operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
...Beginning in January, the Crystal Beach Satellite Office will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (the third Tuesday). Office is closed from Noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.
to download the 2015 Protest Spreadsheet for property taxes. Please note that you must have Microsoft Excel installed on your local computer to download and utilize the worksheet. If you are using Internet Explorer, click 'Open' and then 'Cancel' on the Windows Security screen to access file.