ASK THE EDITOR: With new development in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, why aren’t property taxes going down?


With several local taxing entities evaluating lower tax rates this summer, area homeowners might anticipate a reduction in their property tax bills.

However, while most tax rates are going down—with some notable local exceptions: the cities of Hutto and Round Rock are considering rate increases—rates are not falling at the same pace of property values increasing.

Williamson County’s taxable value increased to $70.6 billion in 2019, according to Williamson Central Appraisal District certified data. This represents an 8.95% increase, up from $64.8 billion in 2018.

Even as new developments join the tax rolls, new neighborhoods and office buildings require additional police services, fire stations, schools, roads, water and wastewater services. These services cost more than tax dollars collected on new development.

As property values continue to increase within our rapidly growing communities, homeowners will likely not see a decrease on their property taxes, even in light of lower tax rates.

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  1. New housing should be taxed to cover the taxes. This would slow down the building of all these new projects. Who wants to be like Austin?

  2. FACT: Liberals are moving from Austin to RR. Our city council is becoming more liberal. Taxes then go up. We must stop these people from turning our town weird with all the liberal weirdos.

  3. With so many of the new developments being built around MUD structure, what exactly is the impact on the cities? Star Ranch is a perfect example; County law enforcement, high MUD taxes, pay taxes specifically for emergency (fire and EMS) plus the Hutto ISD taxes. $3.17 per hundred. And while in the Hutto ETJ, no plans to ever annex into the city. Same with Terra Vista in Round Rock, and multiple other developments within ETJ of different cities.

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.
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