INTERACTIVE: Compare approved tax rates across the Austin area for fiscal year 2017-18


Cities in Hays, Travis and Williamson counties approved property tax rates for fiscal year 2017-18 throughout the month of September. The fiscal year began Oct. 1.

The city of Austin’s tax rate increased by 0.3 cents, bringing the city’s FY 2017-18 tax rate to $0.4448 per $100 valuation.

The tax rate in San Marcos increased by 8.37 cents to $0.6139 per $100 valuation in FY 2017-18, representing the largest jump in the metropolitan area. The cities of Round Rock, Rollingwood, Lakeway and West Lake Hills also raised tax rates for the fiscal year.

The city of Kyle‘s tax rate decreased by 3.32 cents, bringing the new tax rate to $0.5416 per $100 valuation. The city of Leander decreased its tax rate by 2.1133 cents, bringing the FY 2017-18 tax rate to $0.57867 per $100 valuation. The tax rates in Buda, Cedar Park, Georgetown and Hutto also decreased for FY 2017-18.

The cities of Bee Cave and Pflugerville maintained FY 2016-17 tax rates for the current fiscal year.

The property tax rates approved by Hays County, Travis County and Williamson County all decreased this year compared to FY 2016-17 rates.

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  1. Tim Thornton, REALTOR

    Yes, but taxes are not monolithic and are actually comprised of 4-7 additional taxing entities for any given community or area. So, just looking at the city tax only tells you about 1/6 of the tax story, and this may or may not be the most important factor driving your taxes up or down. tT

  2. With the increasing property values comes the increased assessments which = higher taxes. The “inflation” of our home prices appears a bit too easily consumed as a budget increase. Yes, there was a minor reduction per $100 or valuation for my area, Round Rock, but the house values have gone up my more than 10%, so the net result is actually an increase in the total revenue collected. What if property values hadn’t gone up? Would we be looking at a 10% tax increase. What if our property values dropped… would we be expected to come up with even more money to cover over-spending. It’s time to expect our cities to operate within a budget that’s not tied to property values OR expect the revenue collection to increase NO MORE than the inflation rate the rest of us deal with every year.

Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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