COMPTROLLER RELEASES PROPERTY TAX REPORT

In December 2012, the Texas comptroller’s office published its biennial property tax report, which provides tax rate information that was collected by the comptroller’s office for tax years 2010 and 2011.  The recent report contains a table that has been used in property tax reports in years past, but this time there’s an interesting twist:

Property Taxes Reported by Unit Type, 2009

Unit Type

Number of Units 2009

Tax Levy in 2009

Percentage of Levy in 2009

School Districts

1,025

$ 21,780,056,204

54.4 %

Cities

1,054

$ 6,593,755,037

16.5 %

Counties

254

$ 6,526,724,060

16.3 %

Special Districts

1,609

$ 5,133,820,497

12.8 %

Total

3,942

$40,034,355,798

100 %

Source: Comptroller of Public Accounts, Annual Property Tax Report, Tax Year 2009


Property Taxes Reported by Unit Type, 2011

Unit Type

Number of Units in 2011

Tax Levy in 2011

Percentage of Levy in 2011

School Districts

1,024

$22,001,561,060

61.88 %

Cities

1,064

$ 6,810,049,306

19.15 %

Counties

254

$ 6,742,912,786

18.96 %

Total

2,342

$35,554,523,152

100 %

Source: Comptroller of Public Accounts, Biennial Property Tax Report, Tax Years 2010 and 2011

Legislation passed last legislative session allows the comptroller to discontinue collecting information from special districts in order to cut costs associated with data collection and entry. As a result, the city share of the total tax “pie” appears to have grown significantly, when in fact it has not.  An unfortunate side-effect of this cost-cutting at the state level will be that no state agency can accurately report on the total property tax levy anymore.  Consequently, the cities’ share is now unknowable.   

The entire Biennial Property Tax Report is available at
http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/references/survey-publications/biennial-report/2010-2011/96-1728.pdf.

TML member cities may use the material herein for any purpose. No other person or entity may reproduce, duplicate, or distribute any part of this document without the written authorization of the Texas Municipal League.

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