Texas Has 6th Highest Property Tax Burden

It’s not a list you want to score high on, but unfortunately, Texas does. A new study by the Tax Foundation shows that the Lone Star State has the sixth highest property tax burden in the nation.

Texas’ tax rate is set locally, with half to two-thirds of the property tax being levied by public schools. There is a role for the legislature in protecting taxpayers. Among other things: fix a flawed appraisal system, limit the revenue hikes that can be raised off an unapproved piece of land, and – most importantly – restrict the spending that drives the taxing.

Here’s how Texas’ property tax burden compare with the other states:

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Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael is president and CEO of Empower Texans. A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Sullivan is married with three children. He divides his time between the Metroplex, the rest of Texas, and Austin.

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