The Harris County Appraisal District is a political subdivision of the State of Texas established in 1980 for the purpose of discovering and appraising property for ad valorem tax purposes for each taxing unit within the boundaries of the district. The district has more than 1.7 million parcels of property to assess each year with a total market value of approximately $556 billion. The appraisal district in Harris County is the largest in Texas, serving approximately 500 taxing units, and one of the largest appraisal districts in the United States.
The Harris County Appraisal District mission is:
We value our community.
We serve the citizens of Harris County in a manner that meets the highest standards of professionalism and competence by providing accurate up to date and uniform appraisals and easy access to every form of relief we administer.
We provide employees a dynamic work environment of equal opportunity for learning and professional growth. We provide them the same concern, respect, and caring attitude that they are expected to share with everyone we serve.
One HCAD: We value the whole over the individual parts of HCAD’s operations.
Accountability: We accept responsibility for our actions and their effect on those we serve. We make and support business decisions through experience and good judgment.
Customer Service Excellence: We are dedicated to improving our customer’s experience with the district by satisfying customer needs and honoring commitments we have made to them.
Integrity: We commit to the highest ethical standards demonstrating honesty and integrity, not compromising the truth.
Respect: We treat team members, customers, jurisdictions, and other stakeholders with mutual respect and sensitivity, recognizing the importance of diversity. We respect all individuals and value their contributions.
Collaboration: We build trusting relationships through open communication and productive teamwork. We promote and support a diverse, yet unified, team. We work together to meet our common goals.
Innovation: We believe in simplifying and improving our processes continuously. We create and embrace change, readily adapting to new situations and encouraging all to be part of solutions.