Chief Financial Officer
Director of Finance
Database Administrator II
Database Administrator II
Student Support Specialist
Payroll Benefits Specialist
Purchasing & Contracts Coordinator
Accounts Payable Specialist
The Business Office manages and supports the financial stability of La Porte ISD. Our department consists of Finance, Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Payroll, Student Support and Software Support.
• Provide excellent service to both internal and external customers
• Maintain compliance with all applicable federal, state and local financial rules/regulations
• Adhere to all ethical standards
• Promote training, empowerment and accountability
• Seize opportunities for improvement of our business processes
- Texas Landowners' Bill of Rights
- Utility Consumption
- School Property Tax Information
- Catastrophic Leave
- Fraud Hotline
- Unclaimed Property
TEXAS LANDOWNER'S BILL OF RIGHTS
This Bill of Rights applies to any attempt by the government or a private entity to take your property. The contents of this Bill of Rights are prescribed by the Texas Legislature in Texas Government Code Sec. 402.031 and Chapter 21 of the Texas Property Code.
1. You are entitled to receive adequate compensation if your property is taken for a public use.
2. Your property can only be taken for a public use.
3. Your property can only be taken by a governmental entity or private entity authorized by law to do so.
4. The entity that wants to take your property must notify you about its interest in taking your property.
5. The entity proposing to take your property must provide you with an assessment of the adequate compensation for your property.
6. The entity proposing to take your property must make a good faith offer to buy the property before it files a lawsuit to condemn the property.
7. You may hire an appraiser or other professional to determine the value of your property or to assist you in any condemnation proceeding.
8. You may hire an attorney to negotiate with the condemning entity and to represent you in any legal proceedings involving the condemnation.
9. Before your property is condemned, you are entitled to a hearing before a court-appointed panel that includes three special commissioners. This specialized hearing panel must determine the amount of compensation the condemning entity owes for the taking of your property. The commissioners must also determine what compensation, if any, you are entitled to receive for any reduction in value of your remaining property.
10. If you are unsatisfied with the compensation awarded by the special commissioners, or if you question whether the taking of your property was proper, you have the right to a trial by a judge or jury. If you are dissatisfied with the trial court's judgment, you may appeal that decision.
Eminent Domain is the ability of certain entities to take private property for a public use. Private property can include land and certain improvements that are on that property.
Private property may only be taken by a governmental entity or private entity authorized by law to do so.
Your property may be taken only for a public use. Eminent domain cannot be used to take your property for economic development purposes, except for limited exceptions provided by law.
Your property cannot be taken without adequate compensation. Adequate compensation includes the market value of the property being taken. It may also include certain damages, if any, to your remaining property caused by the acquisition itself or by the way the condemning entity will use the property.
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How the Taking Process Begins
The taking of private property by eminent domain must follow certain procedures. First, the entity that wants to condemn your property must notify you about its interest in acquiring your property. Second, before a condemning entity begins negotiating with you to acquire your property, it must send this Landowner's Bill of Rights statement to the last known address of the person in whose name the property is listed on the most recent tax roll.
Third, the condemning entity must make a good faith offer to purchase the property. The condemning entity’s offer must be based on an investigation and an assessment of adequate compensation for the property. At the time the offer is made, the governmental condemning entity must disclose any appraisal reports it used to determine the value of its offer to acquire the property. You have the right to either accept or reject the offer made by the condemning entity.
If you and the condemning entity do not agree on the value of the property being taken, the entity may begin condemnation proceedings. Condemnation is the legal process for the taking of private property. It begins with a condemning entity filing a claim for your property in court. If you live in a county where part of the property being condemned is located, the claim must be filed in that county. Otherwise, the claim can be filed in any county where at least part of the property being condemned is located. The claim must describe the property being condemned, the intended public use, the name of the landowner, a statement that the landowner and the condemning entity were unable to agree on the value of the property, and that the condemning entity provided the landowner with the Landowner’s Bill of Rights statement.
Special Commissioners’ Hearing
After the condemning entity files a claim in court, the judge will appoint three landowners to serve as special commissioners. These special commissioners must live in the county where the condemnation proceeding is filed, and they must take an oath to assess the amount of adequate compensation fairly, impartially, and according to the law. The special commissioners are not authorized to decide whether the condemnation is necessary or if the public use is proper. After being appointed, the special commissioners must schedule a hearing at the earliest practical time and place and provide you written notice of that hearing.
You are required to disclose to the governmental condemning entity, at least ten days before the special commissioners' hearing, any appraisal reports used to determine your opinion about adequate compensation for the property. You may hire an appraiser or real estate professional to help your determine the value of your private property. You may also hire an attorney regarding these proceedings.
At the hearing, the special commissioners will consider evidence on the value of the property, the damages to remaining property, any value added to the remaining property as a result of the project, and the uses to be made of the property being taken.
Special Commissioners’ Award
After hearing evidence from all interested parties, the special commissioners will determine the amount of money to be awarded as adequate compensation. You may be responsible for the costs if the Award is less than or equal to the amount the condemning entity offered before the condemnation proceeding began. Otherwise, the condemning entity will be responsible for the costs. The special commissioners will give a written decision to the court that appointed them. That decision is called the "Award." The Award must be filed with the court and the court must send written notice of the Award to all parties.
After the Award is filed, the condemning entity may take possession of the property being condemned, even if either party appeals the Award of the special commissioners. To take possession of the property, the condemning entity must either pay you the amount of the Award or deposit the amount of the Award into the registry of the court. You have the right to withdraw the deposited funds from the registry of the court.
Objection to the Special Commissioners’ Award
If either you or the condemning entity is dissatisfied with the amount of the Award, either party can object to the Award by filing a written statement of objection with the court. If neither party timely objects to the Award, the court will adopt the Award as the final judgment of the court. If a party timely objects to the special commissioners' Award, the court will hear the case in the same manner as other civil cases.
If you object to the Award and ask the court to hear the matter, you have the right to a trial by judge or jury. The allocation of costs is handled in the same manner as with the special commissioners’ Award. After that trial, either party may appeal any judgment entered by the court.
Dismissal of the Condemnation Action
A condemning entity may file a motion to dismiss the condemnation proceeding if it decides it no longer needs your property. If the court grants the motion to dismiss, the case is over and you are entitled to recover reasonable and necessary fees for attorneys, appraisers, photographers, and for other expenses incurred to the date of the hearing on the motion to dismiss.
You may also file a motion to dismiss the condemnation proceeding on the ground that the condemning entity did not have the right to condemn the property, including a challenge as to whether the property is being taken for a public use. If the court grants your motion, the court may award you reasonable and necessary fees for attorneys, appraisers, photographers, and for other expenses incurred to the date of the hearing or judgment.
If you are displaced from a residence or place of business, you may be entitled to reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred while moving personal property from the residence or relocating the business to a new site. You are not entitled to these relocation costs if they are recoverable under another law. If you are entitled to these costs, they cannot exceed the market value of the property being moved and can only be reimbursed for moving distances within 50 miles.
If private property was condemned by a governmental entity, and the purpose for which the property was acquired is canceled before the 10th anniversary of the date of the acquisition, you may have the right to seek to repurchase the property for the fair market value of the property at the time the public use was canceled. This provision does not apply to property acquired by a county, a municipality, or the Texas Department of Transportation.
The information in this statement is intended to be a summary of the applicable portions of Texas state law as required by HB 1495, enacted by the 80th Texas Legislature, Regular Session. This statement is not legal advice and is not a substitute for legal counsel.
Further information regarding the procedures, timelines and requirements outlined in this document can be found in Chapter 21 of the Texas Property Code.
City of La Porte, City of Deer Park, CenterPoint Energy, and Mid America for 2013-2014
Water- Usage - 153297 Cost - $146,412.57
Gas- Usage – 204913 Cost - $171,006.38
Electric- Usage – 23960914 Cost - $2,095,865.01
City of La Porte, City of Deer Park, CenterPoint Energy, and Cavallo Energy for 2014-2015
Water- Usage – 127714 Cost - $129,907.14
Gas- Usage – 178034 Cost - $130,974.70
Electric- Usage - 21212699 Cost - $2,106,360.43
City of La Porte, City of Deer Park, CenterPoint Energy, and Cavallo Energy for 2015-2016
Water- Usage – 136283 Cost - $177,825.82
Gas- Usage – 118215 Cost - $66,413.39
Electric- Usage - 24411377 Cost - $2,350,044.66
City of La Porte, City of Deer Park, CenterPoint Energy, and Cavallo Energy for 2016-2017
Water- Usage - 198386 Cost - $211,656.65
Gas- Usage - 143390 Cost - $90,612.47
Electric- Usage - 25085614 Cost - $2,126,946.72
City of La Porte, City of Deer Park, CenterPoint Energy, and Cavallo Energy for 2017-2018
Water- Usage - 190631 Cost - $182,033.35
Gas- Usage - 1169681 Cost - $122,695.48
Electric- Usage - 25086565 Cost - $2,177,631.60
City of La Porte, City of Deer Park, CenterPoint Energy, and Cavallo Energy for 2018-2019
Water- Usage - 200053 Cost - $205,993.54
Gas- Usage - 156782 Cost - $112,493.17
Electric- Usage - 22720027 Cost - $1,992,895
School Property Tax Information
The La Porte ISD has partnered for Property Tax Collection Services with GCCISD Tax Services Office as of August 1, 2016. GCCISD Tax Services specializes in property tax collections and has provided multi-jurisdiction collections for over thirty years. Payments can still be made at the City of La Porte and utilizing the other options listed below.
Option 1: Pay in person at the City of La Porte, 604 W. Fairmont Parkway, La Porte, Texas, or at the Baytown GCCISD Tax Services location (4544 I-10 East Frwy., Baytown, Texas, next door to the Cheddar’s restaurant on I-10 by the San Jacinto Mall); Pay at the Crosby ISD branch location which is at 706 Runneburg Rd., Crosby, Texas in the Crosby ISD Administration building.
Holidays and hours are posted on the tax website: http://tax.gccisd.net
Option 2: Pay by mail
Taxpayers may mail their payments to the address listed below. U. S. Postal Service Postmarks will be honored as Texas State law requires. Payment can be made by check, money order, Cashier’s Check. Please do not mail cash, money orders are acceptable in lieu of cash. Make your checks payable to: GCCISD Tax Services. Include your detachable portion of the tax bill with payment or your account number and tax year for which you are paying.
P.O. Box 2805
Baytown, TX 77522
Option 3: Website Online Payments
Taxpayers may pay taxes online using a credit card or electronic check at http://tax.gccisd.net . If you experience difficulties we have secondary website payment option: Taxpayers can also go online to: www.officialpayments.com and select jurisdiction code 6128 and follow the prompts to complete your credit card or electronic check payment.
Option 4: Pay by Phone
Taxpayers may make a payment using a credit card by phone. You will need your property tax account number. Payment by phone is: 1-800-272-9829, Jurisdiction Code 6128. (Bilingual services provided)
Option 5: Pay after hours at any one of the drop box locations:
Crosby ISD School Administration Building, 706 Runneburg Rd., Crosby, Texas
Goose Creek CISD Administration Building, 4544 I-10 East Frwy., Baytown, Texas
Huffman ISD Administration Building, 24302 FM 2100, Huffman, Texas (drop box in the receptionist area.
FOR ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Please contact GCCISD Tax Services
281-420-4845 or toll free at (866) 711-4845
Monday through Friday, unless otherwise posted, 8 am – 4:30 pm
(For tax rate information and other financial data, please visit our Financial Transparency Home Page.)
Effective July 1st we have engaged Lighthouse Services to provide an anonymous ethics and compliance hotline for all employees of La Porte ISD. The purpose of the service is to insure that any employee wishing to submit a report anonymously can do so without the fear of retribution. The district’s Whistleblower Policy is DGBA.
Employees are encouraged to use the hotline service in cases where their anonymity is desired. Please follow the company standard practices for all reports or issues not requiring anonymity.
Reports may cover but are not limited to the following topics:
Bribery and Kickbacks
Conflict of Interest
Theft and Embezzlement
Violation of Company Policy
Violation of the Law
Misuse of Company Property
Falsification of Contract, Reports or Records
Please note that the information provided by you may be the basis of an internal and/or external investigation into the issue you are reporting and your anonymity will be protected to the extent possible by law by Lighthouse and La Porte ISD. However, your identity may become known during the course of the investigation because of the information you have provided. Reports are submitted by Lighthouse to a company designee for investigation according to our company policies.
Lighthouse Services toll free number and other methods of reporting are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for use by employees and staff.
Unclaimed Property Notice
La Porte ISD is required by Title 6 of the Texas Property Code to remit to the State of Texas all unclaimed property valued at greater than $100. The report is filed annually on July 1 for balances as of the previous June 30. See the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website to search for unclaimed property remitted to the state. Items valued at $100 or less are retained by La Porte ISD. The link below lists all unclaimed property valued at $100 or less:
The type of property determines when the property is considered abandoned/unclaimed and are reported. The most common types of property issued by the district that may be considered abandoned are payroll checks (1 year) and accounts payable checks (3 years).
If your name appears on the La Porte Unclaimed Property and you feel that you do have money due to you, please follow the Claim Form link below, print and complete the Claim Form, and follow the instructions to submit your request for a replacement check. Specific procedures must be followed to ensure the funds are delivered to the appropriate owner.