How Property Taxes are Calculated

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It begins with property value appraisal

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The Williamson (or Travis) Central Appraisal District -- an independent entity -- appraises the value of your home. The City Council adopts the property tax rate for the City's annual budget on an annual basis. Fiscal year 2018 marked the fifth consecutive tax rate decrease in Cedar Park, the lowest tax rate in 15 years.  The City's portion accounts for less than one fifth of your property taxes you will pay based on your home's appraisal. 


Calculating the City's Portion Example

The calculation below shows what a home with an average home appraised value of $306,637 would pay to the City, under the City's current tax rate of $0.45750 (less than a half a cent, represented as 0.0045750) per $100 of valuation: 

Appraised Home Value
City's FY 2018 Tax Rate Portion paid to the City
$306,637 x 0.0045750 = $1,403


Property Tax Breakdown 

Your tax appraisal includes multiple taxing entities such as your school district and county. The City's portion accounts for less than one fifth of your total tax bill each year. The following graphs show how property taxes are divided by multiple taxing entities.

LISD, Williamson County RRISD, Williamson County  LISD, Travis County 

Tax breakdown_LISD WILCO

 Tax breakdown_RRISD WILCO


 Tax breakdown_LISD Travis


Your Tax Dollars by City Service

Of the portion that you pay to the City, more than half is spent on Public Safety such as Police and Fire.  Other portions include City services and day-to-day operations. The chart below illustrates the breakdown of your tax dollars based on City service/function. 

Tax by Function


Understanding your Property Tax Appraisal Video (2018 Fiscal Year)




 For more information on the City of Cedar Park Fiscal Year 2017 budget, visit!