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Q. - I am fairly new to the city of
Terrell at just a little over two years. I have noticed that the property
taxes seems a little on the high side compared to other cities in DFW.
We are at 2.92+. Houston is at 2.99 which is the highest in the nation.
We are not far from that.
Over 50% of this comes from the schools. What can
be done in Terrell ISD to cut costs? I am a military recruiter in Terrell
and have noticed that most kids from Terrell ISD seem unable to pass
the asvab test with a score of 31 out of 100.
What exactly is this money going towards...is there
a budget publicly
accessible? Thank you for your time.
Answer - You have three major components to your property
taxes: city, county and schools.
Our city tax rate has not increased in many years. As you look at city
tax rates around North Texas one thing you will find is that the cities
with higher property values such as Highland Park and Rockwall tend
to have a lower rate. Our city property values and tax rates are more
or less in the middle.
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the City is available at our web site or from the City Secretary. We
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For information about school finances and other school matters contact
Pam Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 972-551-0893.
Hal Richards, Mayor