Local government property taxes totaling $40.2 billion were assessed by 4,017 cities, counties, school districts and a variety of special purpose districts in 2010. A total of $5.63 billion in local sales taxes was allocated to 1,470 cities, counties, transit authorities and a variety of special purpose districts in fiscal 2011. Read More »
Highest property tax assessments per capita are found in Texas’ traditionally strong oil-producing counties, particularly those lacking a large urban community. Sales tax revenues are highest in Texas urban areas that collect all or part of the two cents allowed for local sales tax.
The maps below provide a guide to the total per capita sales tax revenues and property tax assessments in each county. Click on the map to find out how much property tax is levied or how much sales tax is collected in each county. Information is also provided about market value of property and the median (or mid-value) household income in the county.
Per Capita Local Property Tax Levies by County
Texas local property tax is levied on taxable real and personal property. In sparsely populated counties, the value of non-residential taxable property (such as the value of producing oil and gas interests and pipelines) may vastly exceed the value of residential property; thus, property tax levies per capita are disproportionately higher in sparsely populated counties.
Per Capita Local Sales Tax Revenues by County
Local sales tax collections have increased more than the rate of inflation, helped in part by the strong economy and growing population, as well as the increased number of entities — particularly special purpose districts — collecting tax.
Note: Because of boundary variations, all taxing entities in a county may not apply to each taxpayer. Sales tax receipts are reported on the map to each taxing entity’s primary county of operation; for example, city of Amarillo sales taxes are reported in Randall County, even if collected in Potter County, and city of New Braunfels sales taxes are reported in Comal County, even if collected in Guadalupe County.
Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts