The City's Budget is Your Budget
The City’s annual budget is first and foremost designed to fund the priorities of YOU – the residents of Sugar Land! This year, the priority emphasis is on investments in public safety - including drainage improvements to protect you and your property, innovations in Fire / EMS service and the design of new facilities critical to keeping you safe, such as a new Emergency Operations & Public Safety Dispatch Center.
Citizen engagement is an important cornerstone of the success of our community, and we thank you for participating in the process to learn more about the budget and for sharing your thoughts with us through the public hearings. Your feedback is very important to ensuring Sugar Land is the premier city in the Houston region.
City Council Adopts Budget for Fiscal Year 2019
On September 18, 2018 the City Council approved a budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 along with a flat tax rate to support it.
The approved budget totals $247.35 million and includes $28.32 million for capital projects and $219.02 million for operations. There are no new positions and no new programs included in the budget.
The budget funds current services- with limited increases due to contractual increases and additions focused on strengthened resilience and innovative constraint. To learn more about the budget, visit the pages shown on the left menu. For a breakdown of the summary by individual fund, please see the budget summary by fund.
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Property Tax Q&A
Question: Are Fort Bend County tax bills among the highest in the state?
The City of Sugar Land is proud to have the second lowest tax rate in the state for cities over 60,000; however, the City's tax bill makes up only about 15% of an average residential tax bill. In Sugar Land, commercial properties make up roughly 30% of the total tax roll. Commercial property value buys down residential taxes. Sugar Land's per capita property tax levy is below the average of 17 local and benchmark cities.
Further- considering the various taxing entities that impose property taxes across the state (counties, school districts and other districts), Fort Bend County tax bills are not among the highest in the state. In a comparison of tax bills across the state, residential taxes as a percent of home value show that Fort Bend County tax bills are not among the highest in the group.
Since Texas doesn't have a state income tax, comparison of property taxes to other states doesn't always show the whole picture or a fair comparison of resident tax obligations.
Did you know?
- The City of Sugar Land makes up about 15% of the average residential tax bill- even with the proposed increase for the park bonds. 2018 Tax Bill Breakdown
- Sugar Land's tax rate is the second lowest in the state for cities our size. In the 2019 tax survey by the Texas Municipal League, Sugar Land's tax rate is well below the average tax rate of 59 cents for the 36 cities with populations over 60,000. TML Tax Survey
- Over the last 15 years, the average value home has increased by about 5% annually, while the average tax bill has only increased by about 3% annually over the same time period. The city has accomplished this through lowering the tax rate and increasing the homestead exemption from 1% to 10%. Residential Values vs Tax Bills
- Did you know your city tax bill would be nearly double if your home was located in a comparable city in the Houston region? Since 1993, Sugar Land has lowered its tax rate about 18 cents through economic development and growth in sales tax revenue – and now has the second lowest property tax rate in the State of Texas among cities our size. Historical City Tax Rates