According to County Administrator G.K. Maenius, the proposed tax rate will be 0.229 cents per $100 valuation, down 2.1 percent from the previous rate. Maenius asserted that Tarrant County has the lowest tax rate of the six largest counties in the state.
Even with the rate reduction, the county expects to raise $21,496,172 or 4.8 percent more in total property tax revenues than last year. Over half of that revenue will come from new property added to the tax rolls.
The average appraised home value in Tarrant County increased from approximately $223,000 to $238,000. The county’s property tax revenues are based on the appraised values of property within the county. Property appraisals are conducted by Tarrant Appraisal District, not by the county.
An average homeowner in Tarrant County can expect to pay $545 in property taxes to the county, up about $24 from the previous year.
The largest increase in the county’s budget is in administration, up nearly $90 million from FY 2021. The county is also increasing its public safety budget by almost $10 million.
“Once again, Tarrant County is leading with fiscal responsibility and a focus on taxpayers,” Republican county Judge Glen Whitley said in a press release. “Because your County government only collects property taxes, as opposed to sales or other taxes, this decrease is a reflection of the County’s commitment to a strategic and disciplined budgeting process.”
The city’s new fiscal year begins October 1, 2021.
On the ballot on November 2, Tarrant County residents will vote on whether to approve two bond issues. Proposition A allows for $400 million in bonds for the construction, improvement, and maintenance of streets, roads, highways, and bridges. Proposition B authorizes the issuance of $116 million in bonds for the construction and improvement of the criminal district attorney’s office building.
According to a news release, the commissioners court “emphasized its intent to only issue the bonds if the County has the capacity to repay the bonds without a tax-rate increase.”
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Kim Roberts is a regional reporter for the Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over twenty years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor's in government from Angelo State University. In her free time, Kim home schools her daughter and coaches high school extemporaneous speaking and apologetics. She has been happily married to her husband for 23 years, has three wonderful children, and two dogs.