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Appendix G:
Consolidated Tax Collections - 2003
Appendix G Data
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Since 1984, local taxing units have consolidated their tax collection operations in appraisal districts, county tax offices or private firms. Appendix G lists the appraisal districts and taxing units that provided and received consolidated tax collection services during 2003. The Comptroller collected the information from chief appraisers in the 2003-04 Appraisal District Operations Survey.

The counties in which consolidated tax collection took place are listed in alphabetical order. For each of these counties, the appendix lists the entities that provided collection services, the number of taxing units they served and the names of the units.

Some multicounty taxing units have contracted for a separate entity to collect in each county where they have territory. As a result, these units appear under more than one county listing.

In 2003, 111 appraisal districts collected taxes for 917 taxing units. These CADs spent almost $13.8 million on collection operations. Collection costs generally ranged from $.00 to $2.49 per account.

A total of 163 counties now collect taxes for 1,847 taxing units that include the counties themselves. Five cities serve 33 units, 40 school districts collect for 118 units and one water district collects for three units.

Forty-six private collection firms provided collection services for 501 taxing units in 2003. The majority of the taxing units that employ private firms are special districts in Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties.

Taxing units in 130 appraisal districts consolidated all collections in 2003 – 69 CADs, 60 counties, and one city collected property taxes for all taxing units in their respective counties.

The table below shows the numbers of taxing units served by each type of collection office for the 20 years from 1984 through 2003.

Taxing Units Served by a Consolidated Tax Collection Office, 1986-2003
  Type of Collection Office  
Year CADs Counties ISDs Cities Special Districts/
Private Firms
Total
1986 732 720 124 59 305 1,940
1987 780 837 134 58 293 2,102
1988 813 854 126 74 4 1,871*
1989 839 955 105 69 7 1,975*
1990 867 1,048 106 56 434 2,511
1991 1,031 1,199 870 47 461 3,608**
1992 1,077 1,261 781 79 488 3,686**
1993 952 1,215 126 60 497 2,850
1994 940 1,311 124 60 470 2,909
1995 922 1,393 121 60 472 2,968
1996 924 1,450 121 51 481 3,027
1997 915 1,484 126 51 450 3,026
1998 918 1,576 127 41 462 3,124
1999 907 1,636 135 41 472 3,191
2000 906 1,692 128 37 464 3,230
2001 899 1,751 128 31 484 3,293
2002 905 1,817 120 30 489 3,361
2003 917 1,847 118 33 504 3,419
* Does not include taxing units served by private firms.
** Includes county education districts.
Source: Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Property Tax Division.