ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS COMPLAINT FORM AND LINK:
Due to a high number of consumer complaints regarding contractor scams throughout the County, I have updated the Attorney General Complaint Form below. You may also file a complaint online at the link below:
2020 - Unpaid 2019 Property Taxes? We Can Help!
notices will soon be arriving in area mailboxes. Thanks to legislation passed several years
ago, homeowners unable to pay in full may sign up for a low penalty payment
agreement. Recent legislation enabled
qualified seniors, disabled persons, disabled vets, spouses of disabled vets and
those still recovering from recent disasters to pay seven (7%) percent penalty
and interest by February 28 in order to take advantage of the one-quarter installment
For those already
signed up for quarterly installments, the remaining three coupons and return
envelopes will be mailed within the first 10 days of March (second installment
payment is due March 31). The second
installment must be postmarked by March 31st in order to be timely.
2020 - Business Personal Property Tax Information
The property tax is one of more than 60 taxes,
fees and assessments in Texas. There are
two types - real property taxes (land and improvements) and business personal
property (BPP) taxes (those items used for the production of income in your
business such as furniture, fixtures,
inventory, equipment, motor vehicles, vessels, and aircraft). These items are
typically referred to as business personal property. Pay either real or BPP taxes late (after January 31st) and incur egregious
penalties and interest. Fail to render
(or report) your BPP value by April 1 and be hit by an additional 10% penalty
on the entire amount due.
Johnson Speaker at County Auditor Conference
County Tax Assessor Collector, Cheryl E. Johnson, will be a speaker at the
January 2020 Bi-Annual Texas Association of County Auditors On the Road
Training Conference to be held January 16 and 17th in Kemah.
Topic, “What to Expect with Truth-N-Taxation Changes” will address the
multitude of legislative changes that will impact Texas local governments over
the next two years.
2019 – Deadline Eminent for First Half of Split Payment!
County property owners wishing to take advantage of the split/half payment option
have until December 2nd to make the first payment (normal November 30 deadline
falls on Saturday), with the second half due (without penalty and interest) June
30, 2020. All but two GCTO government partners (City of Dickinson and Dickinson
ISD) participate in this payment option.
may be mailed but do not wait until December 2nd as all mail in Galveston
County is typically sent to the USPS North Houston Distribution Center for
postmarks and this typically results in a one day delay if not dropped in the
mailbox before the last pick-up of the day.
Also, we continue to experience delays as that Center suffered extensive
damage during the September storms.
2019 – County Tax Office Eminent Deadlines &
Electronic Tax Statements – Common Sense and Saves Cents!
deadline to sign up to receive 2019 property tax statement via electronic
mail (email) is September 16th. Visit the GCTO website at www.galcotax.com
and click the large red button to search for your account(s). At the
account homepage, scroll to the bottom and click on Register to Receive
Electronic Tax Statements. This feature is especially beneficial for
anyone who recently purchased a property or refinanced.
Truth in Taxation Notices Released
is embodied in the Texas Constitution and requires local governments to make
property owners aware of tax rate proposals and provide an opportunity to
attend public hearings and voice their opinion about government spending.
2019 GCTO Presented State Award
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Management Team presented the Galveston County Tax Office with the Silver Performance Award Monday, August 5, 2019, in the Galveston Branch office.
2019 - Final Quarter Payment Due
The last day for
disaster, senior, disabled person, disabled veteran and spouses of disabled
veterans to make their final quarter instalment for 2018 property taxes is July 31st. Payments may be mailed or left in GCTO drop boxes located outside of all branch locations (and behind Friendswood City Hall), paid online (www.galcotax.com) via electronic check ($1 bank fee) or credit card (2.5% merchant fee) or credit card via telephone (toll free) at 1-866-865-1433 (English) or 1-866-865-1435(Spanish).
2019 - Don’t Miss The Second Half of Split Pay!
The last day to pay 2018 taxes without penalty and interest for those participating in half/split pay (first half no later than November 30th and second half by June 30th) is July 1st (whenever a deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, it is extended to the next business day). Coupons for these payments were mailed May 15th. If you did not receive the coupon, call the Property Tax Department for the amount remaining or go online to www.galcotax.com.
Those having difficulty paying
2018 property taxes will also have until July 1st to establish a payment agreement in order to avoid the 15% to 20% delinquent attorney fees that will be added July 2nd. Partial payments of taxes are accepted and penalties, interest, and fees will only apply on the unpaid balance.
2019 - Deadlines & County Tax Office News
The last day for
disaster, senior, disabled person and disabled veteran third quarter installment for 2018 property taxes is May 31st. The second half of the split or half payment installment is due July 1st. Split payment coupons were mailed May 15th so be on the lookout.
Those having difficulty paying 2018 property taxes or who have missed an installment payment will receive a delinquent notice before the end of the month. Tax Assessor/Collector Cheryl E. Johnson urges property owners to pay the delinquent taxes by July 1st in order to avoid delinquent attorney fee that will be added July 2nd.
2019 - Galveston County Tax Office receives the coveted TxDMV
Silver Performance Quality Award
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) established the Performance Quality Recognition Program to recognize county tax assessor collectors that go above and beyond in complying with Texas laws, rules and procedures and that provide exceptional customer service. There are three levels of performance – Bronze, Silver and Gold.
2019 Protest Your Value Class Schedule!
Protest Your Property Value class schedule is shown below! Mark your calendars! Protest booklet and spreadsheet also included.
Protest Value Class, United Way Training Facility, 2800 Texas
Avenue in Texas City
starting at 9 am
Protest Value Class, League City Council Chambers, 200 West
Walker in League City
starting at 6 pm
Protest Value, Learning Resource Center (Room L-131), College of
1200 Amburn Road in Texas City starting at 6 pm
May 7th Effectively Protest Value Class, Commissioner
Courtroom 2nd floor County
Courthouse, 722 Moody in Galveston starting at 6 pm
May 15th Deadline to call to schedule protest
meeting, mail protest form or file online
protest at County Appraisal
2019 Protest Handbook Online Version Full Version With Forms.pub.pdf
2019-VDR Class Rescheduled in
Galveston County offices will be
closed Friday, April 19, 2019, in observance of Good Friday. The Volunteer
Deputy Registrar (VDR) class has been rescheduled for Friday, April 26,
2019. The training will be begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Commissioners
Courtroom, Galveston County Courthouse, 722 Moody Avenue in Galveston.
- Tax & Voter Registration Deadlines Approaching
the following important property tax and voter registration deadlines as well
as the 2019 Effectively Protest Your Property Value class schedule. Mark
deadline for 2018 property taxes for seniors, disabled persons,
disabled vets, surviving spouses of disabled vets and those taking
advantage of disaster
2019 – Help for 2018 Property Taxes
delinquent notices arrived in area mailboxes last week. Thanks to
legislation passed several years ago, homeowners unable to pay their property
taxes in full may sign up for a low penalty payment agreement with the tax
assessor collector. Additionally, qualified seniors, disabled persons,
disabled vets, spouses of disabled vets and those still recovering from
Hurricane Harvey may pay 7% penalty and interest on one-fourth of the 2018 levy
by February 28th and sign up for quarter installment payments.
paying the 7% penalty and interest to establish quarter installments and those
whom have already paid at least one-fourth, the remaining three coupons and
return envelopes will be mailed within the next two weeks. The second
installment must be postmarked by April 1, third by May 31 and final one-fourth
by July in order to be timely.
2018 Avoiding Tax Gaffes
Purchasing a home is one of the most important decisions you
will make certainly one of the largest investments. This presentation
will guide you through the property tax process and help you understand your
rights and responsibilities as a Texas property owner.
Be advised, this file requires the Microsoft Powerpoint software be installed on your computer.