Financial Transparency

The Comptroller of Public Accounts launched the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program in 2009 to encourage local governments to meet high standards for online financial transparency. The Port of Houston Authority applied for and received Gold level awards in 2012 and 2013, and Platinum level awards in 2014 and 2015.

In 2016, the Comptroller’s office announced a new Transparency Stars  program, recognizing local governments for going above and beyond in their transparency efforts to provide clear and meaningful financial information not only by posting financial documents, but also through summaries, visualizations, downloadable data and other relevant information.  More details on this program are available at www.texastransparency.org. Port Houston was awarded two Transparency Stars on December 14, 2016, in the areas of Traditional Finances and Debt Obligations.

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As a navigation district under the Texas Constitution, the Port Authority is committed to transparency and accountability.  It plays a vital role in facilitating navigation and commerce as the local sponsor of the Houston Ship Channel, a federal waterway, and as owner and operator of the public terminals at the greater Port of Houston.  The Port Authority strives to assure that all funds generated from its operations and public support are used wisely for the best return on investment, and in support of its legislative mandate to create jobs and economic opportunity for the region, the State of Texas and the nation.

Should you have any questions on any of the transparency documents posted on this website, you may submit them online, by clicking on the contacts link at the bottom of this page, or contact the Port Authority’s Treasury Department at 713-670-2405 or 713-670-2555. Please note that records older than the information shown below may be located in the Archive.

We invite you to click any of the following links for information on various areas covered by the Transparency Stars program:

Financial Information

Debt                                                                       

Pension and Benefit Plans                                  

Procurement                                                      

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Public Information Requests                                  

Contacts at the Port of Houston Authority        

Contact our Port Commissioners 


The greater Port of Houston includes the eight public terminals owned and operated by the Port Authority, plus over 150 privately-owned facilities. Total Port of Houston economic value and jobs are taken from an economic impact study published September 2015 by Martin Associates. PHA operating revenue and cash flow numbers are actual results for 2015 compared to budget.

The greater Port of Houston includes the eight public terminals owned and operated by the Port Authority, plus over 150 privately-owned facilities. Total Port of Houston economic value and jobs are taken from an economic impact study published September 2015 by Martin Associates. Port Authority operating revenue and cash flow numbers are actual results for 2015 compared to budget.


Revenues and expenditures include tax revenues and debt service payments. Per capita figures are based on Harris County population. The Port Authority generates excess cash flow of over $120 million annually, which is reinvested in capital infrastructure projects.

Revenues and expenditures include tax revenues and debt service payments. Per capita figures are based on Harris County population. The Port Authority generates excess cash flow of over $120 million annually, which is reinvested in capital infrastructure projects.


Taxes are levied annually by the Harris County Commissioners Court on behalf of the Port Authority, sufficient to cover approximately $52 million in annual principal and interest debt service payments due on the Port Authority’s outstanding ad valorem tax bonds.

Taxes are levied annually by the Harris County Commissioners Court on behalf of the Port Authority, sufficient to cover approximately $52 million in annual principal and interest debt service payments due on the Port Authority’s outstanding ad valorem tax bonds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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