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Tax office inside Cypresswood courthouse to relocate

August 31, 2018

While most of the agencies within Harris County Precinct 4, Place 1 Justice of the Peace courthouse returned when the building reopened to the public recently following damage from Hurricane Harvey, the county tax office branch still hasn’t returned.

Located at 6831 Cypresswood Drive, the courthouse sustained flood damage due to Hurricane Harvey last year.

The Harris County engineer is seeking to purchase a new location for the tax office, which is currently operating in Tomball.

Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $1.5 million purchase of a new facility for the tax office, said Harris County Flood Control District spokesperson Dimetra Hamilton.

“They never moved back into the Cypresswood courthouse post-Harvey. The property is currently in the process of being purchased. It is more economically sound to relocate to a different property than to return back to the Cypresswood location,” she said.

According to the county commissioners’ agenda, the address for the new office located at 4290 Cypress Rosehill Road.

The courthouse was heavily impacted when several feet of water displaced courtroom staff along with deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.

Constable Mark Herman returned to the courthouse back in February while repairs to the rest of the building were still underway.

When the courthouse officially reopened to the public in July, courtroom staff and the sheriff’s deputies returned.

According to the Harris County Tax Office website, the other location that closed due to Harvey is located west of the county at 16715 Clay Road, located near the Addicks Reservoir.

While the purchase and closing costs are still ongoing, it’s unclear when the tax office will move into the new office.

“It will take some time before they move into their new location,” Hamilton said.

Other tax office locations in north and northwest Harris County are at 101 S. Walnut St. in Tomball and 7900 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble.

mayra.cruz@chron.com

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