Ask the editor: Where are my property taxes going?

Sherelle Black

Almost all property owners in Tarrant County will pay taxes to at least five local taxing units: the county; the county college district, Tarrant County College; the county hospital district, John Peter Smith Health Network; a city; and a school district.

Some residents will also pay taxes to the Tarrant Water District and/or the emergency services district that provides emergency service to residents in unincorporated areas of the county.

With the exception of the cities of Grapevine and Colleyville and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, property taxes for all taxing entities wholly within Tarrant County are collected by the county tax assessor-collector through contract.

The governing bodies of the local taxing entities, such as school boards and city councils, publish their tax rates every August.

The county tax assessor-collector will then apply the tax rates adopted by the taxing units to a resident’s home appraisal value and send out tax statements in October of each year.

By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.