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FAQ's - Texas Tax System

• What is the Cameron Appraisal District's role in the tax system?  [Read more...]

There are three main parts to the property tax system in Texas:

  • an appraisal district in each county sets the value of property each year;
  • an Appraisal Review Board settles disagreements between property owners and the appraisal district about property values and exemptions; they also make determinations on challenges initiated by taxing units;
  • local taxing units, which include the county, city, school district, and other special districts, decide how much money they will spend. This, in turn, determines the total amount of taxes that property owners must pay.

• Who are the Board of Directors?  [Read more...]

The Board of Directors is comprised of five members and one "ex officio" member who govern the operation of the appraisal district by setting policies, adopting a budget, approving contracts, etc. The County Tax Assessor/Collector, by law, serves as the ex officio member of the Board. The remaining five members must meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, the individuals must be a resident of the district and resided in the district for at least two years immediately preceding the date the individuals take office. Board members serve two-year terms beginning on January 1 of even numbered years.

• Who sets the tax rates?  [Read more...]

The governing body (city council, school board, county commissioners) of each taxing entity sets the rates for their jurisdiction. The taxing units decide what services they will provide in the coming year and how much money they will need to provide those services. Each taxing unit adopts a tax rate that will raise the needed tax dollars.

• What are the taxes on this property? How much are my taxes?  [Read more...]

The CAD does not levy taxes, set the tax rate or collect any taxes. The appraisal district does not capture the amount of taxes on each property. You must call your appropriate tax office for that information.

• To whom do I pay my property taxes?  [Read more...]

Each entity which levies a tax selects an agency to collect the taxes for them. Some entities collect their own taxes while others select another agency. Click here, for a complete listing of who collects taxes for each of the entities for your property.

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