Comparing the actual versus preferred growth of property taxes imposed by Texas’ largest urban governments.

  • Property taxes levied by Texas’ large, urban governments are growing faster than many people can afford.
  • From 2016 to 2020, property taxes generally outstripped population and inflation in most of Texas’ populous cities, counties, and school districts.
  • The delta between the actual tax burden versus the preferred tax burden is wide, meaning added stress for the family budget.
  • The data reveal that school districts’ property taxes are the most out of balance.