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 exported from Texas (freeport goods) and goods in transit 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.

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.

2014 Property Tax Rates (%) in Selected Austin Metro Area Communities
City County County City School District Community College Other Total
Austin Travis 0.4563 0.4809 1.2220 0.0942 0.1264 2.3798
Austin Williamson 0.4865 0.4809 1.3375 0.0942 0.0200 2.4191
Bastrop Bastrop 0.6290 0.5640 1.4410
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-
2.6340
Buda Hays 0.4690 0.2978 1.5377 0.0942 0.1300 2.5287
Cedar Park Williamson 0.4865 0.4850 1.5119 0.0942 0.0200 2.5976
Elgin Bastrop 0.6290 0.7501 1.5400 0.0942
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3.0133
Georgetown Williamson 0.4865 0.4340 1.3980
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-
2.3185
Hutto Williamson 0.4865 0.5287 1.6700 0.0498 0.1000 2.8350
Jarrell Williamson 0.4865 0.4312 1.3900
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0.1000 2.4078
Kyle Hays 0.4690 0.5383 1.5377 0.0942 0.1440 2.7832
Leander Williamson 0.4865 0.6529 1.5119 0.0942 0.0200 2.7655
Lockhart Caldwell 0.6906 0.7227 1.4291
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0.0440 2.8864
Luling Caldwell 0.6906 0.4700 1.1144
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-
2.2750
Manor Travis 0.4563 0.7118 1.5150 0.0942 0.2264 3.0037
Pflugerville Travis 0.4563 0.5336 1.5400
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0.2246 2.7545
Rollingwood Travis 0.4563 0.2066 1.2125
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0.2015 2.0769
Round Rock Williamson 0.4865 0.4147 1.3375 0.0942 0.0200 2.3529
San Marcos Hays 0.4690 0.5302 1.4141
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-
2.4133
Taylor Williamson 0.4865 0.8139 1.4500
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2.7504
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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