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Questions about FEMA

What is FEMA?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helps provide support to victims and survivors of natural and man-made disasters. These include catastrophic weather events, chemical spills, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

General Questions

Will the county help me with debris removal, including private property and roads?

Generally the County will not come onto private property to remove materials except in an emergency situation. Residents are encouraged to register with Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) 512-806-0800. ADRN volunteers may be able to help with debris clean up. With Court authorization and as a last resort, the County (TNR) may be able to help if the property owner cannot afford to remove the debris and removal is not covered by insurance and the debris poses a health hazard.

Questions about Property in the County/State/City

What does it mean when someone’s property is in the County/State/City?

Someone’s property can only be in the city limits (ie: City of Austin) or outside city limits (County). If you are within a city limits, you have stricter zoning, are subject to City ordinances, and pay City taxes in order to receive city services like City Fire and Police. In the County, you do not have zoning and do not pay city taxes, but receive all County services such as Sheriff’s Office or Emergency Service Districts.

Questions about Roads in the County/State/City

What does it mean when a road is a County/State/City road?

If a roadway has a number in its name like RM2222, FM973, US183, then it is a State highway maintained by TxDOT. All other roads are either County or City depending on if the roadway is located with City limits or outside city limits.

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.

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