Parker County Property Taxes
When it comes to taxes in Texas, everything is local. No state income tax means that Texas counties must get money from property taxes instead. Property taxes are assessed, collected and spent locally to fund institutions and services like school districts, utilities and fire protection. Let’s look at how your Parker County property tax money is spent.
Parker County Property Tax Rates & Collection
In Texas’s decentralized tax system, property taxes are based on the local taxing units within a property’s jurisdiction. Each taxing unit sets its own tax rate. The average Parker County property tax is the total of the rates of the different taxing entities at a property’s address in Parker County. This includes:
- The Parker County tax rate. Although not the highest in Texas, the Parker County property tax rate, at 0.329, is above the median.
- City tax rates. The county’s cities are Aledo, Azle, Fort Worth, Millsap, Mineral Wells, Reno, Sanctuary, Springtown, Weatherford and Willow Park.
- School districts. There are over a dozen independent school districts in the county.
- Utility districts
- Parker County Hospital District
- Emergency service districts
- Weatherford Junior College District
Also, there is something a little different about property tax collection in Parker County. Texas property taxes are typically collected by a county’s tax assessor-collector’s office, but in Parker County, the County Appraisal District not only assesses properties, it also collects property taxes.
2 Ways to Lower Parker County, TX Property Taxes
There are two ways to lower your Parker County property taxes — tax exemptions and appraisal protests.
- Exemptions. An exemption subtracts part of the property’s value, reducing your tax bill. The most common property tax exemption is the residence homestead exemption, which you qualify for if you own and occupy a home as your principal residence. There are also Parker County property tax exemptions for those age 65 or older or disabled and disabled veterans or their surviving spouse or child.
- Appraisal protests. If you do not agree with the tax assessor’s valuation of your property or need to correct errors in your appraisal, Texas law guarantees your right to protest through the county’s Appraisal Review Board (ARB). An ARB is an independent group of citizens in each county that resolves disputes between property owners and the appraisal district.
What Happens If You Can’t Pay Your Parker County Property Taxes on Time?
Parker County Property taxes are due January 31, and on February 1, unpaid taxes become delinquent. Penalties and interest begin to accrue immediately and, over time, can increase your tax debt by over 40%. You also face possible foreclosure.
Fortunately, help is available if you can’t pay your property taxes. Tax Ease has been helping Texans avoid or pay off delinquent taxes for almost 20 years with property tax loans. We can help you, too, with a Parker County property tax loan.
Apply for a Parker County Property Tax Loan
It’s easy. Start with Tax Ease’s simple online application. Once you are approved, we will create a customized payment plan that you can afford, and we will even come to you to get the loan paperwork signed. Afterward, we pay your Parker County property taxes in full, eliminating the stress of unpaid taxes.