Chief Appraiser Willy Dilworth has released 2020’s certified appraisal numbers for Washington County, the Cities of Brenham and Burton, Brenham and Burton ISDs, Blinn College, and the Oak Hill Water District.
For Washington County as a whole, the assessed property value this year—before frozen taxes—totaled $4,240,650,405, 2.37 percent over last year’s values of $4,142,466,913. The average homestead in the county was valued at $202,580 this year, up from last year’s average valuation of $199,906.
Dilworth said most of this year’s value increases come from new residential and commercial construction, along with oil and gas pipelines and the refinery near Burton on Old Mill Creek Road.
The City of Brenham’s property values rose 3.73 percent from $1,454,612,209 in 2019 to $1,508,964,346 in 2020. Brenham’s average homestead increased in value to $178,008 from $175,797 last year.
The City of Burton’s values went up this year to $30,465,911, 3.01 percent over last year’s values of $29,574,917. The average homestead in Burton valued at $161,276, compared to last year’s average value of $159,964.
Brenham ISD saw a 4.03 increase in values, rising from $3,183,756,729 in 2019 to $3,312,167,906 in 2020. The average homestead in Brenham ISD increased from $202,191 last year to $204,941 this year.
Meanwhile, Burton ISD’s values dropped 3.14 percent to $722,578,477 from $746,047,260 last year. Burton ISD’s average homestead still increased in value from 2019’s $185,278 to 2020’s $188,077.
Dilworth said Burton ISD’s loss was largely due to a decrease in mineral values, brought on by a drop in production at the refinery and a decline in oil prices.
Burton ISD’s mineral values for 2020 were down 9.97 percent—or $33,809,800—from 2019’s values of $339,042,930. The county’s overall mineral values were up 0.13 percent in 2020, reporting values of $724,870,400 compared to 2019’s $723,868,941.
Blinn College netted a 2.57 percent increase in values, going from $4,157,325,398 in 2019 to $4,264,524,742 in 2020. The average Blinn homestead valued at $202,580, compared to last year’s average of $199,906.
The Oak Hill Water District reported a 0.47 percent increase in values, going from $45,124,362 last year to $45,336,060 this year. The average homestead rose in value to $297,022 from $295,602 in 2019.
The certified numbers will be given to various governmental entities, who will set tax rates in the coming months to fund their new fiscal year budgets.