Houston, TX

Houston and its underlying government entities (Released 7/17/2018)

2016 Financial State of Houston (Released 1/24/2018)

Houston's Taxpayer Burden™ is -$12,100, and it received a "D" from TIA.
Houston is a Sinkhole City without enough assets to cover its debt.
Decisions by elected officials have led to a Taxpayer Burden™, which is each taxpayer's share of city bills after its available assets have been tapped.
TIA's Taxpayer Burden™ measurement accounts for all assets and liabilities, including pension and retiree healthcare debt.
Houston only has $4 billion of assets available to pay bills totaling $12 billion.
Because Houston doesn't have enough money to pay its bills, it has a $8 billion financial hole. To erase this shortfall, each Houston taxpayer would have to send $12,100 to the city.
Thanks to an accounting rule implemented in the 2015 fiscal year, Houston must report its pension debt on its balance sheet. However, the city still excludes $376.4 million of retirement obligations, which consist entirely of retiree healthcare liabilities. A new accounting standard will be implemented in the 2018 fiscal year that will require governments to report these liabilities on the balance sheet as well.
The city's financial report was released 153 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered timely according to the 180 day standard.

Prior Years' TIA Data

2015 Financial State of Houston

2014 Financial State of Houston

Other Resources

Houston Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Publishing Entity: City of Houston Controller's Office