Property Tax

Local governments and special taxing districts levy taxes on real and tangible personal property. Texas has no state property tax. All property is appraised at full market value, and taxes are assessed by local county assessors on 100% of appraised value. The total tax rate is the sum of the rates of all applicable taxing units including cities, counties, schools, and special districts.

Local governments have the option to exempt goods in transit (or "freeport goods") from ad valorem taxation. Freeport goods are inventories acquired or brought into the state by businesses and held for no more than 175 days before being shipped out of state. A number of jurisdictions in the Austin area have chosen to allow the exemption, which is irrevocable once in effect.

Property utilized for pollution control and solar or wind-powered energy devices are exempt from ad valorem taxation.

Local governments can enter into agreements with businesses to abate local ad valorem taxes on real and personal property for up to 10 years.

2013 Property Tax Rates (%) in Selected Austin Metro Area Communities
City County County City School District Community College Other Total
Austin Travis 0.4946 0.5027 1.2420 0.0949 0.1290 2.4632
Austin Williamson 0.4890 0.5027 1.3674 0.0949
-
2.4540
Bastrop Bastrop 0.6290 0.5840 1.4610
-
-
2.6740
Buda Hays 0.4690 0.2979 1.4613 0.0949 0.1300 2.4531
Cedar Park Williamson 0.4890 0.4925 1.5119 0.0949
-
2.5883
Elgin Bastrop 0.6290 0.7539 1.5400
0.0949
-
3.0178
Georgetown Williamson 0.4890 0.4395 1.3980
-
-
2.3265
Hutto Williamson 0.4890 0.5287 1.6700 0.0500 0.1000 2.8377
Jarrell Williamson 0.4890 0.4480 1.3900
-
0.1000 2.4270
Kyle Hays 0.4690 0.5483 1.4613 0.0949 0.1440 2.7175
Leander Williamson 0.4890 0.6679 1.5119 0.0949
-
2.7637
Lockhart Caldwell 0.6907 0.7227 1.1795
-
0.0440 2.6369
Luling Caldwell 0.6907 0.4542 1.1152
-
-
2.2601
Manor Travis 0.4946 0.8095 1.5150 0.0949 0.2290 3.1430
Pflugerville Travis 0.4946 0.5736 1.5400
-
0.2290 2.8372
Rollingwood Travis 0.4946 0.2264 1.2125
-
0.2298 2.1433
Round Rock Williamson 0.4890 0.4195 1.3674 0.0949
-
2.3708
San Marcos Hays 0.4690 0.5302 1.4141
-
-
2.4133
Taylor Williamson 0.4890 0.8139 1.4500
-
-
2.7529
Note: The totals in this table represent the "typical" property tax rates in each community. In practice, a range of rates may apply within a single community due to the boundaries of school and other special districts which do not align with municipal boundaries.

Source: County assessors or appraisal districts.
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