Appraisal districts and local taxing units must publish detailed information online to assist residents with understanding proposed budgets and tax rates. The data must include current and historical information on budgets, tax revenue and tax rates. Property owners can use this information to gain knowledge about and provide feedback on tax rate proposals.
Tax Code Section 26.04(e-2) requires that, by August 7 or soon as practicable, the chief appraiser notify all property owners in the appraisal district by regular mail or by email that the estimated taxes imposed on their property may be found at the county property tax database. The chief appraiser may develop his or her own notice that complies with Tax Code requirements or may use the Comptroller's model form:
Tax Code Section 26.17 also requires the chief appraiser to create and maintain a publicly-accessible, county property tax database with a website name that identifies the county not the appraisal district. The chief appraiser must continuously update it with information provided by the taxing units located in the appraisal district. The website must:
The database must provide a link to each taxing unit's website where the taxing unit's tax rate and budget information is posted. The database must also provide a form for property owners to submit their opinions to the taxing units on whether to adopt the proposed tax rates. The form must request the property owner's name, contact information and physical address of the property located in the taxing unit. Property owners must be able to complete and submit the forms from the date the tax rate is proposed until it is adopted.
The taxing unit must electronically incorporate the above-described property information and upload the required tax rate calculation forms. The chief appraiser must make the provided information available to the public within three business days of receiving the information and forms.
Tax Code Section 26.18 requires each taxing unit to maintain a website or have access to a generally accessible website that contains the following information on one page:
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.