Texas Property Tax Relief Is Coming--If You Live In A Big City

Feb 5, 2019

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Texas Republican leaders promised to pass property tax reform legislation during this session, and it appears they’ve kept their promise—that is, if you live in on of Texas’s big cities or more populous counties. But if you live in a rural West Texas town, you may be out of luck.

As The Dallas Morning News reports, a new law would cap property tax revenue growth for cities and counties at 2.5 percent a year.

However, 154 of Texas’s 254 counties—the less crowded ones—would be exempt from the proposed changes. Statewide, those rural counties are home to over 1.8 million people.

Furthermore, almost 1,100 of the state’s 1,222 cities will be exempt. The total statewide population of all those small towns amounts to over four million people.  Policy analyst David Clark said in an email that most Texans would still benefit because they live in the bigger cities and counties.