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Old 01-23-2018, 08:37 AM
 
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I am looking at new construction in Riverstone, Sienna, and Aliana and all are in the low 3s. Why are Katy property taxes so high?
Cane Island is in the actual city limits of Katy so you have MUD taxes, County Taxes and City Taxes. Most MPC are just in the county so you don't have city taxes.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:21 AM
 
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I've noticed Kings Crossing has a 3.7% tax rate as well. Seems like Katy's tax rates are really high!
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Old 01-23-2018, 02:32 PM
 
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In your opinion due to the property taxes she would be best serve looking at a community with a lower tax rate?
Yes. She may get into a home she wants but can't afford to live there. Have her do her homework. You should also look for the thread on this Houston forum entitled something like 'Areas that didn't flood during Harvey'. Flooding is a huge issue. I hear Cane Island and Ellison did fine during Harvey but the roads around them weren't.

From my own research .. . Every place I found on the west side and north even had flooding issues. Downtown Katy. Pecan Grove. Sealy may not have flooded as much during Harvey but it sure did whenever the Brazos floods. 2015? And Brookshire is a joke. Don't even look at Simonton. Anywhere near a river should be avoided. I'd target master planned subdivisions - They're better built.

If I were in her position I'd do a new home search in the Houston area, see what developments are out there. Then research the areas and the tax rates. Check the school taxing rate because Katy ISD is extremely high. A lot of the schools are. Harris and Fort Bend are the highest taxing counties. Wallis is a bit cheaper but they've been increasing their road taxes due to flood damage - Not Harvey but 2015 and 2016 flooding. Yeah we've had a couple years of record flooding.

What the Brazos River Looks Like When It Shatters All Previous Flood Gauge Records | Swamplot
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Old 01-23-2018, 02:35 PM
 
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Even Rosenberg has a high tax rate and you have to watch where you live - The city floods down there, too.
Cypress? High too.
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Old 01-23-2018, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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Taxes under 3% if you live in Houston...
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:08 PM
 
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Taxes under 3% in houston but values 3x
I’d rather pay 3.75% of a value 3x less than 2.75% of value 3x more

Katy has the highest rated school district in the surrounding Houston area
Hisd.. not so much

You can’t just look at Tax percentage
Got to look at whole picture
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:13 PM
 
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If you know where to look in Sugar Land (hint: look at mature neighborhoods) you can get rates around 2.1-2.3% with good schools. That's lower than the good inner Houston neighborhoods.
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Old 01-24-2018, 07:08 AM
 
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DD1153 you're absolutely right. You have to look at the whole picture. Yes the taxes are higher, but with that you're getting great schools in a great school district as well as communities that are continuing to grow.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Bellaire)
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Many HISD schools are higher rated than Katy schools.
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Old 01-26-2018, 03:17 PM
 
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Many HISD schools are higher rated than Katy schools.
Katy ISD has consistently been ranked the Top School District in Houston.

In fact, Niche.com just ranked Katy ISD the #1 school district in the Houston area (again)... with HISD ranking #31.

LINK: https://www.niche.com/k12/search/bes...on-metro-area/

There may be one or two HSID schools that outrated a handful of KISD schools, but overall HSID does not compare to Katy ISD.

I'll say it again... if you live inner loop, you pay 3x the value but 1% less on taxes than in the suburbs.
It makes sense for some people, but for most with families, the burbs & 3.5-3.7% tax rates are the norm.
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