November 2013  

   
Harris County Commissioners Court Goes Live

Harris County began live streaming meetings of Harris County Commissioners Court to the public in mid-November, a step designed to make county government even more transparent. Anyone with access to the internet can log on to http://www.harriscountytx.gov/CourtVideo.aspx and watch entire scheduled court meetings.

Links to the live streaming also will be posted on Harris County's main website - www.harriscountytx.gov - under the "Court Agenda" heading. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett also has included a direct link to the live streaming from his website, www.judgeemmett.org.

Members of Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proposal this summer to begin making their meetings available to the public by internet as soon as possible. Officials with the county's Information Technology Center implemented the policy and were able to complete the process quickly. The result is a more open and transparent Harris County government. Archived court meetings will be a valuable research tool, also.

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"Commissioners Court has shown a real commitment to opening county government as wide as possible," Emmett said of the live streaming. "Members of the public can now see its representatives working live. Or, they can access the archived meetings at a later date. Either way, it's a major step toward transparency. I thank Bruce High, Executive Director, and the employees in the Information Technology Center for making it happen so quickly."

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2013 Property Tax Bills have been mailed

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan announced recently that more than 900,000 property tax bills were mailed to Harris County property owners in mid-November.

“Property owners need to be on the lookout for their property tax bill,” Sullivan said. “Once received, property owners are encouraged to pay their bill as soon as possible, as they are due by January 31, 2014.” Harris County residents can pay their property taxes by mail, phone at 713-368-2273, online at www.hctax.net or in person at any of the 16 tax offices throughout Harris County.

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Property owners should review their property tax bill carefully and determine whether they are receiving the proper exemptions. To learn more about property tax exemptions, please visit the Tax Assessor-Collector website at www.hctax.net or contact the Harris County Appraisal District at 713-957-7800.

The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office Property Tax Division maintains approximately 1.5 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 71 taxing entities, including Harris County. For the 2013 tax year, the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office expects to collect approximately $5 billion in property tax payments.

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