Where Do Texas Homeowners Pay the Highest Property Taxes?

Texas homeowners pay the fourth-highest property tax bills in the nation, when home values are taken into account. Despite Texans clamoring for real reform and relief, state lawmakers in the Texas House failed to deliver when they diluted and defanged the Senate’s proposal.

So, where do Texas homeowners pay the highest property taxes?

The numbers may surprise you. Families in Fort Bend, Collin, Travis, Kendall, and Williamson counties pay the highest total tax bills. That’s due, in part, to the fact that home values in these areas are among the highest in the state. But rising land values are not to blame for high taxes.

As appraisals increase, county, city, and school officials often refuse to lower their tax rates enough, if at all. Although some raise tax rates, most usually keep them flat. Politicians then pat themselves on the back and claim they “did not raise taxes.”

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Most Texans pay a higher tax bill every year simply because local officials refuse to lower property tax rates enough to fully offset rising appraisal values. Perhaps the most obvious example of this dynamic is seen in Kendall County. There – although tax rates are extremely low – the median home value is the highest in the state, resulting in homeowners paying the fourth-highest tax bills in Texas.

Below are the Top 50 Texas counties – out of all 254 in the state – where homeowners pay the highest property tax bills.

It’s important to note that the burden paid by individual taxpayers inside each county will vary dramatically, because property values and the tax rates imposed by localities are not identical. In other words, the above rankings only reveal where the cumulative cost of all local governments is the highest for the median homeowner, after adjusting for home values.

Again, appraisal increases are not the driving force behind skyrocketing tax bills. Tax increases ultimately result from local officials refusing to lower their tax rates enough to offset rising appraisal values. Taxpayers deserve real legislative reforms in 2017 that make it easier for them to hold local officials accountable for never-ending tax increases.

 

Tell the Legislature: Pass Real Property Tax Reform!

Property values are skyrocketing, and too many local officials are refusing to reduce their tax rates to compensate. Far too many Texans are being taxed out of their homes, or struggling to find affordable housing. It is long overdue for taxpayers to be given real property tax reform and relief.

The version of Senate Bill 2 passed by the Texas Senate made a variety of pro-taxpayer reforms. Perhaps the most important was the requirement that local governments who raise property tax burdens excessively on current residents must obtain local voter approval to do so.

Texas lawmakers should put taxpayers first, and reject the House's watered-down version of SB2. Pass real property tax reform by supporting the original version of SB2, as passed by the Senate, and help empower taxpayers to hold local officials accountable.

Will you help us support our work to enact real property tax reform?

 

Tell #txlege lawmakers: Support real property tax reform #SB2!

Ross Kecseg

Ross Kecseg is the Vice President of Local Affairs for Empower Texans and leads the Metroplex Bureau. He is a native North Texan, raised in Denton County. He studied Economics at Arizona State University with an emphasis on Public Policy and U.S. Constitutional history. Since 2008, Ross has been active in the Republican Party, grassroots organizing, in journalism, and as a volunteer for state and local political campaigns. He enjoys speaking to liberty-minded Texans regarding property tax reform and the importance of local civic engagement. Ross is an avid golfer, automotive enthusiast, and movie/music junkie.

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