The Humble ISD School Board unanimously approved an order authorizing the reappraisal of property tax values for 2017 in support of taxpayers impacted by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey. As a result of that action, checks will go out this fall to taxpayers whose reappraisal amount has resulted in a refund.
“This was the right thing to do once the district had received information from the appraisal district and navigated Harvey’s financial impact,” School Board President Charles Cunningham said. “Harvey effected our schools, families, and businesses, and everyone worked together in recovery.”
About five percent of 80,000 properties in Humble ISD were impacted by flooding, according to the appraisal district, and were reappraised for damages. The Harris County Appraisal District reappraised 4,073 accounts in Humble ISD through the summer.
Taxpayers whose property values were lowered for 2017 will receive a refund check if the reappraisal amount resulted in a refund. There is no action that taxpayers will need to take to claim a refund. Checks will be mailed automatically from September through December as information comes in from HCAD’s records.
"Our community is resilient and I appreciate the confidence and patience they have shown over the past year. We are a stronger community for it," Humble ISD School Board Finance Committee Chairman Robert Sitton said. "The Harris County Appraisal District has worked tirelessly to help Humble ISD provide much needed relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and I am thrilled we are at a point to issue refund checks without impacting students, staff and programs.”
The amount of refund for a homeowner varies by property value and extent of loss. Those with tax ceilings already in effect - disabled or over 65 taxpayers - may not receive a refund if their tax ceiling is already lower than the Harvey reappraisal. If an account has not been paid, the Harvey refund will be applied to the amount that is due.
The reappraisal applies to taxes calculated from August 23, 2017, the date the governor declared Harris County a disaster area, through December 31, 2017.
Humble ISD paid $122,190 to conduct the reappraisal. The district expects to issue a total of $4 to $5 million in tax refunds.State and local leaders have assured Humble ISD that state funds will be made available to reimburse districts.
Taxpayers have the right to file appeals with the appraisal district. Taxpayers with questions may call the Humble ISD Tax Office at 281-641-8190.