County Revenue Sources

  • Counties derive the majority of their revenue from property taxes.
  • 85+% of our ongoing revenue comes from property taxes
  • Counties have limited “other” revenue options other than property taxes

All Counties are Unique: One Size Does Not Fit All

  • Travis County is one of 254 Texas Counties
  • Texas county government focuses primarily on the judicial system, health and social service delivery, law enforcement and corrections, and the County’s transportation infrastructure.
  • Counties must comply with state mandates in the delivery of services.

Travis County Program Areas

program areas

Cost Drivers and Budget Considerations

  • Population Growth – Travis County’s population continues to grow at unprecedented levels
    • 10 year historical population growth rate is 2.6% overall & 3.1% in the unincorporated areas
    • Travis County is anticipated to grow at 2.4% overall & 4.9% for unincorporated areas for 2019
  • New or existing mandated programs
    • Recent mandates include Michael Morton Act & Sandra Bland Act
  • Other Considerations:
    • Tax policy, affordability, 20% Homestead Exemption & Over 65/ Disabled Exemptions
    • Interlocal cost increases for Emergency Medical Services, Public Health, etc
    • Resources for anticipated jail requirements to maintain Jail Standards
    • Security infrastructure
    • Elections
    • Emergency response and resiliency
    • Investments to maintain a competitive workforce

Tax Rate Transparency in the Adopted Budget

  • 10 Year History of Property Tax Bills for the Average Taxable Homestead and Median Valued Homestead
  • 10 Year History that compares the Adopted Tax Rate to the Effective Tax Rate, Effective Maintenance and Operations Tax Rate and Rollback Rate
  • Summary of Tax Rates and Homestead, 65 and Older and Disabled Exemptions by Major Jurisdiction
  • Taxpayer Impact Statement that allows taxpayers to see estimated tax impact for property values at the Adopted Tax Rate, Effective Tax Rate and Rollback Rate
  • Visit the Planning & Budget page to learn more.

Travis County Tax Rate History

tax rate history

Potential Revenue Impact to Travis County

revenue impact

Printable Presentation

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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