Texas property owners pay some of the highest taxes in the country, and that’s not likely to change soon. One reason is how the state revalues property for tax levies.
Annual appraisals tend to push the value of properties, and property taxes, higher, even if the actual tax rate does not change. Local governments are not inclined to reduce the tax rate because they need more revenue to support the state’s economic and population growth which leads to more schools, road expansions and other infrastructure growth.
It’s a flawed system that pushes the cost of living and doing business in the state higher and leaves many property owners with few alternatives other than litigation to try to keep those costs under control, says Rahul Patel of Patel|Gaines, one of the state’s leading property tax attorneys.