Pflugerville proposes property tax reduction of more than 4 cents for 2018-19 budget

Fort Bend County homeowners have until May 16 to protest their property appraisals.

Fort Bend County homeowners have until May 16 to protest their property appraisals.

At the first public hearing for the city's 2018-19 fiscal year tax rate, Pflugerville city staff presented a potential property tax rate of $0.4976 per $100 valuation.

That rate represents a reduction of more than 4 cents from last year's adopted tax rate of $0.5399 per $100 valuation.

The median home value in Pflugerville in July sat at $266,500, according to data from the Austin Board of Realtors, or ABoR. With this adopted tax rate, that household would pay $1,326.10 in property taxes without any exemptions.

Pflugerville's proposed FY 2018-19 tax rate is about 1 cent higher than the effective tax rate of $0.487, meaning the city will still generate more ad valorem tax revenue in 2018.

According to ABoR figures, the July 2018 median home price in Pflugerville grew more than 9 percent year-over-year, up from $242,515. That house in 2017 would have payed $1,309.34 in property taxes to the city of Pflugerville without any exemptions.

Pflugerville City Council will vote on the FY 2018-19 budget and tax rate Sept. 25, with a second public hearing scheduled for the tax rate Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the City Council chambers.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.