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What are the responsibilities of a County Commissioner?
Can Counties create their own laws?
What is the relationship between Harris County and the Harris County Appraisal District?
If I am not satisfied with the appraisal of my property, how can I protest?
I want to register to vote, find out what voting precinct I live in, receive an application for a ballot by mail, or I have some other election related issue—who do I call?
I have just been called for jury duty. How is my name chosen? Do I receive any reimbursement? Are there any exemptions?
How do I find a lost pet, adopt a new pet, or report a loose or dangerous animal?
 
What are the responsibilities of a County Commissioner? Top

Commissioners participate in all decisions and work of Commissioners Court (the governing body of the County). The main functions of the court are: supervision and control of the county courthouses and jails; appointment and employment of county personnel; filling of vacancies in elective and appointive positions; determination of county tax rates; adoption of a county budget; establishment of voting precinct boundaries; calling of county bond elections; letting of contracts in the name of the county; building and maintaining county roads and bridges; and establishment of libraries and parks.

Commissioners Court also appoints members to numerous boards and commissions, sometimes serving as liaison or members themselves. Some of the boards are: Port of Houston Authority, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Children’s Protective Services, Joint City County Commission on Children, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association, and the Harris County Hospital District.

Within individual precincts, each Commissioner is directly responsible for administration, parks, and road and bridge programs.

 

Can Counties create their own laws?Top

No. The Texas Constitution makes a county a legal subdivision of the state. The powers and duties of a county are limited to those specifically allowed by the constitution and laws of Texas. In urban counties such as Harris County, the state has granted limited ordinance authority for special situations such as health care, exotic animals, and other issues.

 

What is the relationship between Harris County and the Harris County Appraisal District?Top

Property taxes are a major source of County funding. The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector collects taxes. The Appraisal District performs property appraisals. The Appraisal District is, by law, a completely separate entity from Harris County. The Chief Appraiser runs the day-to-day operations of the Appraisal District. The Chief Appraiser reports to a five-member board of directors.

 

If I am not satisfied with the appraisal of my property, how can I protest? Top

By May 15th of each year, the Chief Appraiser is required to send out notices of appraised value to property owners. If you do not agree with this appraisal, you have a limited amount of time to file a written notice of appeal with the Appraisal District and schedule an appeal hearing. For more information on the appeal process and procedures, call (713) 683-9200 or go to http://www.hcad.org/.

 

I want to register to vote, find out what voting precinct I live in, receive an application for a ballot by mail, or I have some other election related issue—who do I call?Top

The Tax Assessor-Collector performs the duties of Registrar of Voters. Voter registration information is available from that office by calling (713) 368-2000 or visiting http://www.tax.co.harris.tx.us/ on the Internet. The County Clerk administers elections, collects and tabulates the votes, and records the election outcomes. During elections, you can find your voting location by calling (713) 655-6405 or visiting http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/ on the Internet.

 

I have just been called for jury duty. How is my name chosen? Do I receive any reimbursement? Are there any exemptions?Top

Participation in the jury process is an important duty that assures the fair and efficient administration of our civil and criminal justice systems and guarantees the right to a trial by an impartial jury. To learn more about jury duty, visit http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/ on the Internet and click on the “Jury Info” link.

 

How do I find a lost pet, adopt a new pet, or report a loose or dangerous animal?Top

The Harris County Rabies/Animal Control web site (http://www.countypets.com/) has detailed information on these and other pet and animal topics and is a great resource. Their phone number is (281) 999-3191. Their web site also has links and contact numbers for most of the city and non-profit animal shelters in Harris County.

 

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