Harris County at a Glance: Financial Transparency

Harris County is committed to transparency in every aspect of its operations and believes that financial transparency and accountability are critical components of good stewardship of taxpayer resources. It is our mission to be an independent and progressive organization that presents accurate, timely, understandable, and readily accessible information for the citizens of Harris County.

Through its “Transparency Star” program, The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts recognizes local governments across Texas for going above and beyond in their transparency efforts. This is accomplished by providing citizens with clear and meaningful financial information not only by posting financial documents, but also through summaries, visualizations, downloadable data, and other relevant information.


FY2017 Total Per capita (4,700,000 pop.)
Revenues $4,242,863,200 $902.74
Expenditures $3,731,902,761 $794.02
Revenue from property taxes $1,865,974,609 $397.02
Full Time Employees 16,781 -

  * Data taken from Harris County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017.
** The per capita figures are based on the County’s 2017 estimated population of 4,700,000.




2017 Utilities Usage Unit of Measure Cost
Gas Service 816,258 Mcf $1,326,129.75
Water Service 9,396,462 Kgal $6,207,814.65
Electricity Service 346,732,018 KWH $28,624,115.90

*Note: Mcf = thousand (1000) cubic feet, Kgal = thousand (1000) gallons, KWH = thousand (1000) watt-hours

Check register (monthly)*
*documents should be downloadable directly from transparency page.

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