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

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