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Old 11-10-2009, 01:11 PM
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I've heard that tax rates in Fort Bend Co are lower than in Harris County -- is this true? I'm having trouble tax information online. The FC Appraisal district website only shows home value and and not the amount of taxes paid/owed.

Also, how much (% wise) does homesteading drop your taxes? And how much lower can I expect the appraisal district's value to be than the price I actually pay? Any info would be great!
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:23 PM
Location: Austin/Houston
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isn't katy in fort bend co? You must be talking about the "Katy area" since you say its in harris co.
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:25 PM
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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East side of Katy is in Harris County, in fact some areas are actually Houston just west of the Dam. Harris County rates tend to be lower most of the time, and there's no mud tax. The newer the MPC, usually the higher the taxes.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:13 PM
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Parts of Katy are in Waller County, Harris county and Ft Bend county. The three counties meet in darn near in the center of Katy proper which makes it real easy to identify when looking at a large map with only Houston labeled - like an online weather map.

And no, the homestead exemption doesn't lower your taxes very much. In my case roughly 10% lower.

When I insured my car and home, my insurance agent said that it was fortunate that I was in Ft Bend Co, because their rates were higher for Harris Co.

This mapquest map shows the outline of the 3 counties. Notice that Katy is indeed seated at the juncture of the 3. Waller county is labeled. Ft Bend is, of course, the area south of the center of Katy, and Harris to the east.

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Old 11-11-2009, 03:39 PM
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Fort Bend has lower property taxes and lower insurance rates in general (home, auto, etc.). Your insurance agent should be able to tell you the primary differences.
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:53 PM
Location: C.R. K-T
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Fort Bend Katy is the nicer area (this is where Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, Seven Meadows, Firethorne, and Woodcreek Reserve are located). Harris County Katy is the other half of South Katy. The neighborhoods tend to be older (mostly 1980s). Kelliwood and vicinity is the nicer part within Harris County Katy.
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:55 AM
Location: Houston area
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If you are looking for a newer home, pay close attention to the MUD taxes. The Houston area does not have a flat rate for each county. You can have 2 neighborhoods in Katy, and they will each have a different tax rate.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:00 AM
Location: Houston, Tx
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Ditto City love, each neighborhood can be different, even two neighborhoods next to each other can have a different rate or MUD taxes. If you are looking in Harris county, you can find the tax rate by going to www.hcad.org and put in a specific address and check the tax rate. Fort Bend, go to http://www.fbcad.org/Appraisal/PublicAccess/. There is a link to tax rats on the left, but you will get rates for all areas of Fort Bend. Auto insurance is cheaper in Fort Bend than Harris. Homesteading will drop what you pay by 10-12%.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:10 AM
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Anybody want to add for which part of Katy is better? The Consensus seems to me that Fort is better. I'm still learning a lot about these type of things, but if Houston ever annexed Katy what would happen to Cinco? Isn't it part of two counties?

edit: I see....A city can be part of more than one county.

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Old 09-21-2011, 12:46 PM
Location: Katy, TX
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Just drive through the area on Mason Road and you will know which one is nicer. The scenery dramatically changes at the Fort Bend County line. Even small things like traffic lights are nicer than those lights on wires Harris County uses.
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