Where do Texas property taxes come from? Where do your Texas property taxes go?


SAN ANTONIO (The Whittington Group) – More than 3,500 taxing entities across the state are expecting property owners to pay their property tax bills by Feb. 1. They collectively levied almost $49 billion in property taxes in 2014, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. But where does that tax money end up?

Over 1,000 school districts across the state levied $27 billion in property taxes in 2014; that’s about 55 percent of all property taxes levied statewide.

Counties and cities were at $8 billion and $7.8 billion, respectively, in 2014. More than 1,200 special districts levied over $6 billion that same year, according to texastransparency.org, a Texas Comptroller website that provides extensive data on the state’s finances.

The state’s 254 counties house an average of 14 taxing entities each. Depending on where you live, your property tax bill may arrive in several pieces.

Homeowners provide the biggest slice of the property tax pie, making up about 42 percent of the total property tax value in Texas.