Under a new law implemented this year, Texas tax jurisdictions in highly populated areas must obtain voter approval to increase property taxes by more than 3.5%.
The new restriction is quite a change from the runaway property tax hikes that were routinely approved by cities and counties across the state.
In 2019, several city councils increased average property tax bills by double-digit percentages, according to data from the Dallas Central Appraisal District compiled by The Center Square.
The Wilmer City Council posted the highest one-year property tax increase in the state of 37.79%, followed by Combine (23.8%) and Hutchins counties (23.6%). The next highest rates were implemented by Seagoville, Garland, Sunnyvale, Balch Springs, and Farmers Branch, ranging from 19.22% in Seagoville to 12.18% in Farmers Branch.
Counties that increased property taxes the least, were Cockrell Hill (2.41%) and Lewisville (3.08%).
In a six-year period from 2013-2019, the average property tax bill in Wilmer increased by 138%. During the same time period, average property taxes increased in:
Mesquite by 94%
Balch Springs by 89%
Dallas by 56%
Ovilla by 34%
University Park by 33%
Coppell by 30%
The property tax levy increase is often due as much to the adopted tax rate as it is to appraised values.