FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2016
Media Contact: Jessica Holloway
After successfully moving the Harris County Tax Sale to the Bayou City Event Center, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is proud to announce record-breaking collections for the month of February.
“Earlier this week, we kicked off the very first Tax Sale at our new venue, and the numbers are in! We collected $3,093,764, an increase of $532,079 compared to the February 2015 Tax Sale,” said Sullivan.
Previously, all Tax Sales were required to be held on the steps of a county courthouse. Thanks to new legislation with the support from Harris County Commissioners Court, the Tax Sale moved to a new location that offers better parking, technology and a climate controlled environment. This creates a more pleasant experience for all involved.
“Changing to an improved venue was just the first step,” said Sullivan, “We will be announcing additional enhancements soon, such as online bidding. These new improvements are going to lead to more reclaimed tax dollars. Imagine how much we will be able to reclaim in revenue after it is perfected. We are improving how we collect taxes, and Harris County is already seeing the benefits.”
The Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office collaborates with Harris County departments and constables, taxing jurisdictions and collection attorneys to organize and host the monthly tax sale. The goal is to collect delinquent taxes and put neglected properties into the hands of new owners.
The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office Property Tax Division maintains more than 1.6 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 71 taxing entities including Harris County. The Tax Assessor-Collector’s office collects more than $6 billion in property taxes.