Duties of Office

Since the Tax Assessor - Collector has a wide range of responsibilities, most citizens deal with this county official more frequently than any other office. The major duties of the Assessor - Collector are:

  • Collection of property tax as established by the Constitution and the State Property Tax Code; 
  • Assessment (calculation) of taxes on each property in the county, and; 
  • As an agent of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the Assessor - Collector is responsible for the registration and licensing of motor vehicles owned by residents of the county. 
  • The County Tax Assessor - Collector is also responsible for the collections of special fees imposed by the County and State on coin-operated vending machines and alcoholic beverage permits. 
  • Collection of Hotel/Motel Taxes 
  • Collection of VIT (Vehicle Inventory Tax) 
  • As an agent for Texas Parks & Wildlife to register and transfer titles for boats/motor 


Tax Rates

The county is providing this table of property tax rate information below as a service to the residents of the county.  Each individual taxing unit is responsible for calculating the property tax rates listed in this table pertaining to that taxing unit and providing that information to the county.

The Adopted Tax Rate is the tax rate adopted by the governing body of a taxing unit.

The Maintenance and Operations Rate is the component of the adopted tax rate of a taxing unit that will impose the amount of taxes needed to fund maintenance and operation expenditures of the unit for the following year.

The Debt Rate is the component of the adopted tax rate of a taxing unit that will impose the amount of taxes needed to fund that unit’s debt service for the following year.

The Effective Tax Rate is the tax rate that would generate the same amount of revenue in the current tax year as was generated by a taxing unit’s adopted tax rate in the preceding tax year from property that is taxable in both the current tax year and the preceding tax year.

The Effective Maintenance and Operations Rate is the tax rate that would generate the same amount of revenue for maintenance and operations in the current tax year as was generated by a taxing unit’s maintenance and operations rate in the preceding tax year from property that is taxable in both the current tax year and the preceding tax year.

The Rollback Tax Rate is the highest tax rate a taxing unit may adopt before requiring voter approval at an election. In the case of a taxing unit other than a school district the voters by petition may require that a rollback election be held if the unit adopts a tax rate in excess of the unit’s rollback tax rate. In the case of a school district, an election will automatically be held if the district wishes to adopt a tax rate in excess of the district’s rollback tax rate.

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