“Texas, It’s Your Money”
In A Roadmap to Better, the summary of all four reports in our Texas, It’s Your Money series, we provide an action guide for how Texans can exercise their rights as taxpayers to help ensure government remains open and responsive. We should never be hesitant to take a good, hard look at the numbers — it is vitally necessary for making knowledgeable decisions and standing strong for the future of Texas. More »
Taxpayers deserve to know how much they are paying, whom they are paying and how their tax dollars are being spent. However, because so many different local entities have taxing authority, finding all of that information can be challenging. And the increase of special purpose taxing districts in recent years has only made it more difficult.
See who’s collecting property taxes and sales taxes in your county, along with the value of those local taxes. More »
Thousands of Texas cities, counties, school districts and special purpose districts issue debt for a variety of purposes including school and hospital construction and renovation, water infrastructure projects and vehicle and technology purchases.
As Texas taxpayers, you need to be informed about the debt governments are taking on in your name: what the debt is buying and how long it will take to repay. More »
To maintain Texas’ position as a global economic powerhouse, we have to ensure that tomorrow’s leaders have the education they need. But educating Texans is becoming increasingly expensive, and some of these costs are being pushed off for future generations to pay.
This report on public and higher education debt provides a snapshot of how much debt our public and higher education institutions are carrying. More »
This report examines the effect of public pension obligations on government financial stability. Many local and state governments around the U.S. are burdened with public pension programs that are underfunded.
Pension costs, by their very nature, are thorny issues to address. Public pension plans help fund the post-employment years of public servants. But the plans’ long-term obligations typically exceed their assets. More »
More Reading and Resources
- Your Tools for Tracking Your Tax Dollars (PDF, 586K)
- “Texas, It’s Your Money” Series Snapshot (PDF, 3M)
- Appendix – Pension Plan Design (PDF, 270K)
- Snapshots: Case Studies of Two Pension Plans (PDF, 537K)
Maps and Tools
- Map: Number of Property Tax Entities by County
- Map: Number of Local Sales Tax Entities by County
- Map: Per Capita Local Property Tax Levies by County
- Map: Per Capita Local Sales Tax Revenues by County
- Map of Texas Cities’ Debt Outstanding
- Map: Per Capita Debt by County
- Map: Debt Per Water District
- Map: Debt Per Special Purpose District
- Map: Texas Public School District Debt Outstanding
- Map: Texas Community and Junior Colleges’ Debt Outstanding
- Map: Texas Public Universities and Colleges Debt Outstanding
- Public Pension Search Tool