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.

2015 Property Tax Rates (%) in Selected Austin Metro Area Communities
City County County City School District Community College Other Total
Austin Travis 0.4169 0.4589 1.2020 0.1005 0.1178 2.2961
Austin Williamson 0.4815 0.4589 1.3325 0.1005 0.0200 2.3934
Bastrop Bastrop 0.6190 0.5640 1.4410
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2.6240
Buda Hays 0.4670 0.3475 1.5377 0.1005 0.1500 2.6027
Cedar Park Williamson 0.4815 0.4795 1.5119 0.1005 0.0200 2.5934
Dripping Springs Hays 0.4670 0.1700 1.5200 - 0.1047 2.2617
Elgin Bastrop 0.6190 0.6569 1.5400 0.1005
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2.9164
Georgetown Williamson 0.4815 0.4340 1.3980
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-
2.3135
Hutto Williamson 0.4815 0.5285 1.6700 0.0459 0.1000 2.8259
Jarrell Williamson 0.4815 0.4300 1.3675
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0.1000 2.3790
Kyle Hays 0.4670 0.5848 1.5377 0.1005 0.1440 2.8340
Lago Vista Travis 0.4169 0.6500 1.3200 - 0.2178 2.6047
Leander Williamson 0.4815 0.6329 1.5119 0.1005 0.0200 2.7468
Liberty Hill Williamson 0.4815 0.5278 1.5400 - 0.1000 2.6494
Lockhart Caldwell 0.7175 0.7333 1.3305
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0.0440 2.8253
Luling Caldwell 0.7175 0.4964 1.1265
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2.3404
Manor Travis 0.4169 0.7118 1.5150 0.1005 0.2178 2.9620
Pflugerville Travis 0.4169 0.5405 1.5400
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0.2136 2.7110
Rollingwood Travis 0.4169 0.2021 1.2125
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0.1919 2.0234
Round Rock Williamson 0.4815 0.4147 1.3325 0.1005 0.0200 2.3492
San Marcos Hays 0.4670 0.5302 1.4141
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-
2.4113
Taylor Williamson 0.4815 0.8139 1.4500
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-
2.7454
West Lake Hills Travis 0.4169 0.0572 1.2125 - 0.2213 1.9079
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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