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The City of Robinson Past and Present:

Help with Breaking Down Robinson Property Taxes:

Property taxes are billed each year by the McLennan County Tax Office on behalf of the taxing units within McLennan County. There are four taxing units that make up the property tax bill in the City of Robinson which are city, school district, county, and special district. Each taxing unit is responsible for determining the property tax rate for the year. The tax rate is based on the budget needs set for the year and the total appraised property values for the area the taxing unit serves. These values are provided to each of the taxing units by the McLennan County Appraisal District which is responsible for determining the appraised value for every property in McLennan County. 

Click here for the tax rates set by the taxing units in your area and for a quick calculation of what your property taxes will look like for FY 2020-2021. 

Help With Understanding Code RZ1 and RZ2 on Notice of Appraised Value Form:

Some residents may notice code RZ1 or RZ2 listed on their notice of appraised value form sent by the McLennan County Appraisal District. Code RZ1 and RZ2 represents the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number One (TIRZ) and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Two created by Robinson City Council through ordinance 2019-037 on January 3, 2019 and ordinance 2021-040 on December 7, 2021. The codes  RZ1 and RZ2 are used by the Appraisal District to help track the additional tax dollars generated by the growth of real property value in the area that falls within the zone. This growth is also known as tax increments and flows to a special fund for a specified number of years. Money collected in this fund is spent according to an approved plan and per the agreement in place with participating governmental units. The TIRZ is not an additional tax burden to individuals who own property within the zone. When the zone was created, the zone's floor was set at the current appraised value of the properties within it. Say a property tax bill is $8,000 a year and the city's portion of that is $3,500. The $3,500 would continue to the city funding the general fund. However, If the property was to appraise for more, any increase in the city's property tax portion above $3,500 would have a percentage go into a special fund set aside as the TIRZ.

Example: A property owner pays $8,000 each year in total for property taxes. The city's portion of that is $3,500. When the TIRZ was created, the floor was set at $3,500. Moving forward, $3,500 of that property tax payment will continue to fund the city's general fund. However, let's say the next year, the property appraises for more, increasing the city's portion of property tax to $4,500. The tax increment in this example would be $1,000. According to the adopted ordinance, 75% of that increase would go into a special fund, so $750 of the $1,000 increase would be placed into a special fund to assist with economic development. The original $3,500 and the 25% of the $1,000 increase, or $250, would continue to go to the general fund.

Further breakdown of how a TIRZ works was shared in the February 2019 Newsletter found here. 

TIRZ Related Information:
Tax Increment Refinancing Zone Number One
Ordnance 2019-037 - Creating a Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone Number One
TRIZ Number One Map

Tax Increment Refinancing Zone Number Two
Ordinance 2021-040 - Creating a Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone Number Two
TIRZ Number Two Map

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  1. Property Appraisals
  2. Property Tax Collections
  3. Property Tax Rates
  4. Taxing Units

Property taxes-also called ad valorem taxes-are locally assessed taxes. The McLennan County Appraisal District is responsible for appraising all properties subject to property taxes in McLennan County, Texas, according to Tax Code Chapter 6. The Appraisal District is also responsible for providing property owners written notice if the appraised value of their property is greater than it was in the previous year, the appraised value of their property is greater than the value rendered by the property owner, or the property was not on the roll in the preceding year.  Unless otherwise provided by law, appraised values are required to represent market value, which is defined as the value for which the property would likely sell on January 1st.

For specific questions regarding your appraisal, please contact: 

Phone: (254) 752-9864

Physical Address: 
315 S. 26th Street
Waco, TX 76710 

Mailing Address:
315 S. 26th Street
Waco, TX 76710

Chief Appraiser:
Joe Don Bobbitt

  1. Bert Echterling


  2. Jimmy Rogers

    Council Member, Place 1

  3. Jeremy Stivener

    Mayor Pro-Tem, Place 2

  4. Charlie Burch

    Council Member, Place 3

  5. Jim (James) Mastergeorge

    Council Member, Place 4

  6. Brittany McLean

    Council Member, Place 5

  7. Michael Baker

    Council Member, Place 6

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