Mont Belvieu traditionally has one of the lowest property tax rates in the area. But, we know that there are residents in our community who need extra help. On Monday, February 11, 2019, the Mont Belvieu City Council voted to lower taxes for our seniors and those living with disabilities by increasing the exemptions related to each. Council’s action reduced taxes 33% for those 65 and older; that means the average tax bill for seniors in Mont Belvieu will be about $7 a month. Those residents who qualify for disabled exemptions on their tax bill received a an additional 32%; that would be another $218 a year on a $225,000 home - the cost of an average house in Mont Belvieu. The property tax exemptions for these two groups, which hadn’t been adjusted in 20 years, were lowered to help reduce the tax burden on those groups that may struggle with higher property tax bills due to rising property values. Property values are increasing in the area due to the exponential growth Mont Belvieu is experiencing and the fact that the city is becoming a destination location in the Houston metro area.
Our next goal: help all of our families pay less. The City Council and City Staff are strongly encouraging our state representative and our state senator to increase the Homestead Exemption Cap during this legislative session so we can further reduce the tax burden for all of our residents. As always, Mont Belvieu strives to deliver top-tier services and a high quality of life to everyone while maintaining one of the lowest property tax rates in the greater Houston-Galveston Area.