Property Taxes

 Property taxes   are local taxes based on the value of property that provide the largest source of money local governments use to pay for schools, streets, roads, police, fire protection and many other services. State law establishes the process followed by local officials in determining the value for property, ensuring that values are equal and uniform, setting tax rates and collecting taxes

The Texas Constitution sets out basic rules for property taxes in our state:

  • Taxation must be   equal and uniform. No single property or type of property should pay more than its fair share.
  • Generally, all property must be taxed based on its   current market value. That’s the price it would sell for when both buyer and seller seek the best price and neither is under pressure to buy or sell.
  • Each property in a county must have a   single appraised value. This means that the various local governments to which you pay property taxes cannot assign different values to your property; all must use the same value. This is guaranteed by the use of county appraisal districts.
  • All property is taxable unless federal or state law   exempts it from the tax. These exemptions may exclude all or part of your property’s value from taxation.  Exemptions must be authorized.
  • Property owner have a right to   reasonable notice of increases   in their appraised property value.

Property Tax appraisal is the sole responsibility of   Orange County Appraisal District.  If there are questions concerning the appraisal of property or exemptions for tax purposes please contact the   Appraisal District.

Additional Information on Property Tax:

Property Tax Sales
Trust Property Tax Sales
Calculation of Property Taxes
Property Tax Payers' Bill of Rights
Truth-in-Taxation for Taxpayers
Texas Property Tax Code - 2015 Edition
Payment Options
Texas Property Tax System
Property Taxpayer Remedies

General Information
Tax Assessor-Collector
Karen Fisher
Phone Numbers
(409) 882-7971
Emergencies: Dial 911
123 S. 6th Street