Truth-in-Taxation

Truth-in-Taxation is a concept embodied in the Texas Constitution.  It requires local taxing units to make taxpayers aware of tax rate proposals, and affords taxpayers the opportunity to roll back or limit tax increases.

Creating a budget and adopting a property tax rate to support that budget are major functions of a taxing unit’s governing body.  These are accomplished during public budget and tax rate hearings held by these governing bodies (i.e., city council, county commissioners, school board, etc.).  Truth-in-Taxation requirements must be met to ensure the public is informed of the reasoning behind any proposed and/or adopted increases.   The type of taxing unit determines its applicable Truth-in-Taxation requirements.

This website provides information regarding the expected amount of taxes that may be imposed on your property by local taxing units, the dates and locations of any public hearings on the tax rates of the taxing units, and the dates and locations of meetings of the governing bodies of the taxing units to vote on the tax rates, together with other important property tax information.

The 86th Texas Legislature modified the manner in which the voter-approval tax rate is calculated to limit the rate of growth of property taxes in the state.  Please note, your property tax burden is decided by your locally elected officials (e.g., school trustees, city council members, county commissioners, etc.) and all inquiries concerning your taxes should be directed to those officials.