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Texas Property Taxes Have Skyrocketed

by Foy Mitchell, Dallas, October 2020

 

Under a new law implemented this year, Texas tax jurisdictions in highly populated areas must obtain voter approval to increase property taxes by more than 3.5%.

 

The new restriction is quite a change from the runaway property tax hikes that were routinely approved by cities and counties across the state.

 

Highs and Lows

 

In 2019, several city councils increased average property tax bills by double-digit percentages, according to data from the Dallas Central Appraisal District compiled by The Center Square.

 

The Wilmer City Council posted the highest one-year property tax increase in the state of 37.79%, followed by Combine (23.8%) and Hutchins counties (23.6%). The next highest rates were implemented by Seagoville, Garland, Sunnyvale, Balch Springs, and Farmers Branch, ranging from 19.22% in Seagoville to 12.18% in Farmers Branch.

 

Counties that increased property taxes the least, were Cockrell Hill (2.41%) and Lewisville (3.08%).

 

Tax Increases Add Up

 

In a six-year period from 2013-2019, the average property tax bill in Wilmer increased by 138%. During the same time period, average property taxes increased in:

 

  • Mesquite by 94%

  • Balch Springs by 89%

  • Dallas by 56%

  • Ovilla by 34%

  • University Park by 33%

  • Coppell by 30%

 

The property tax levy increase is often due as much to the adopted tax rate as it is to appraised values.