Texas has some of the highest property taxes in the nation.
In 2014, the Tax Foundation reported that Texas had the sixth highest effective property tax rate. In 2016, more than 5,100 local tax jurisdictions levied $56.1 billion in property taxes, or $2,000 on average for every Texan—man, woman, and child. And property taxes continue to increase. The overall property tax levy increased by 233% between 1996 and 2006, while personal income only increased by 199%. Texans risk losing their house—and sometimes do—because of an out-of-control growth of local governments. An excessive growth of government also discourages investment, job creation, and economic growth in general.