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Old 03-04-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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I will be moving back to North Texas and will be looking to buy a modest home (100-150) foraa single person. I prefer the mid-cities area. Can anyone tell me the differences btw the two counties on property tax?
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Old 03-04-2009, 03:45 PM
 
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you can check Tarrant Appraisal District for tarrant county tax info and dallas county is on line as well just don't know the web address
it all depends on where you are buying--there are different taxing entities == not all of them affect every house--
if you are in unencorporated area you do not pay city tax which would lessen you overall bill--but then you have different responders--like volunteer fire vs city fire, sheriff vs city police...
some cities have frozen tax rates--not appraised values however--for seniors and people with disabilities...school districts' tax rates vary as well
and everything depends on valuation--Tarrant county has been increasing valuations of homes despite the foreclosures and slow sales...I think Dallas has probably done the same
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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I'll refer to my primary source, the Tax Foundation web page. It says that both Dallas and Tarrant county take a 4.3% share of their people's annual income for property taxes.

This isn't going to help you much, because, as loves2read mentioned, the actual property tax varies depending on which municipality and school district you're in. 4.3% is just an average, but the actual share of income may vary quite a bit around the average.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:33 PM
 
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Honestly you should compare the individual taxing entities as well. Our taxes in Garland were comparable to what they were when we moved to Murphy. Dallas County, DCCCD, City of Garland, GISD and Parkland vs Collin County, CCCCD, City of Murphy, PISD.

We personally get more bang for the same buck in Murphy than in Garland.
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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bet you bought in an unencorporated area--and frankly isn't Murphy less populated, fewer services to provide than Garland which has larger infrastructure, higher population---
so it stands to reason your taxes would be less...
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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Don't forget about homestead exemptions either. Some areas allow % deductions and some allow a set dollar amount.
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Old 03-07-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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you can check Tarrant Appraisal District for tarrant county tax info and dallas county is on line as well just don't know the web address
it all depends on where you are buying--there are different taxing entities == not all of them affect every house--
if you are in unencorporated area you do not pay city tax which would lessen you overall bill--but then you have different responders--like volunteer fire vs city fire, sheriff vs city police...
some cities have frozen tax rates--not appraised values however--for seniors and people with disabilities...school districts' tax rates vary as well
and everything depends on valuation--Tarrant county has been increasing valuations of homes despite the foreclosures and slow sales...I think Dallas has probably done the same
Thank you all for you help. I will look into the info you gave me
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:47 PM
 
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bet you bought in an unencorporated area--and frankly isn't Murphy less populated, fewer services to provide than Garland which has larger infrastructure, higher population---
so it stands to reason your taxes would be less...
There is no unincorporated area in Murphy. And there is the same city services as in Garland. Fire, police, public works, trash, side walks, parks, animal control, economic and community development, street lights.

Comparing the current rates: (3 years ago the total rate was pennies apart)

Garland
Taxing Jurisdiction Tax Rate per $100
City GARLAND $0.70
School GARLAND ISD $1.25
County DALLAS COUNTY $0.23
College DALLAS CO COMMUNITY COLLEGE $0.09
Hospital PARKLAND HOSPITAL $0.25

Total Rate: $2.53/100

Taxing Jurisdiction Tax Rate per $100
City MURPHY CITY $0.52
School PLANO ISD $1.30
County COLLIN COUNTY $0.24
CollegeCOLLLIN CO COMMUNITY COLLEGE $0.09

Total Rate: $2.40/100

FWIW, to compare larger suburbs, Plano's city tax rate is $.47.

And Dallas' is $.75 and I'd be hard pressed to come up with any service that Dallas provides that Garland doesn't, or provides better.
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