February 2, 2016

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Harris County Hosts First Tax Sale at Bayou City Event Center

Historic Move After 175 Years

Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is joining members of the Harris County delegation to kick off the grand opening of the first-ever tax sale at Bayou City Event Center.

“Through rain, sleet and scorching heat, the tax sale is moving from the steps of the county courthouse to a new and improved location," said Sullivan.

The 2015 Texas Legislature passed new laws, championed by State Senator Paul Bettencourt and State Representative Dan Huberty, allowing the sale to operate at a more suitable location, and eventually leading to online bidding.

“Changes in the tax code regarding the monthly tax sale have been long overdue,” said Senator Paul Bettencourt. "These common sense changes will allow more people to attend the tax sale, with better parking, more space and will provide a better experience for all.”

“Harris County collected more than $31 million in 2015 from the tax sale,” said Representative Dan Huberty. "Imagine the scope of what we can capture once we open up the auction floor to bidders nationwide."

“Each month, we help host this tax sale to sell delinquent properties that unfairly burden the taxpayers of Harris County,” said Mr. Sullivan. “These properties are eyesores and blights to neighborhoods that lower property values. With this new move, I’m confident we will be able to reclaim more tax dollars and get more 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.