Truth in Taxation
Tax Rate and Budget Information Required by Tax Code 26.18.
Total City Budget: FY 2018-19 to FY 2020-21
Adopted FY 2018-19
Adopted FY 2019-20
Proposed FY 2020-21
Budgeted Property Taxes: FY 2018-19 to FY 2020-21
Adopted FY 2018-19
Adopted FY 2019-20
Proposed FY 2020-21
Variance 2019-20 to 2020-21
Maintenance & Operation Rate (per $100)
|Debt Service Tax Rate (per $100)|
|Total Property Tax Rate (per $100)|
|General Fund (O&M) Taxes|
|Debt Service Taxes|
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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 on Notice of Appraised Value Form:
Some residents may notice code RZ1 listed on their notice of appraised value form sent by the McLennan County Appraisal District. Code RZ1 represents the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number One (TIRZ) created by Robinson City Council through ordinance 2019-037 on January 3, 2019. The code RZ1 is 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.
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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
315 S. 26th Street
Waco, TX 76710
315 S. 26th Street
Waco, TX 76710
Joe Don Bobbitt
The City contracts with the McLennan County Tax Office to collect property taxes on its behalf. Taxes are due on receipt of the tax bill and are delinquent if not paid before February 1st of the year following the year the taxes were accrued. If January 31 falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, taxes are due on the next regular business day.
For specific questions regarding your property tax bill or to make payment, please contact:
Phone: (254) 757-5130
215 N 5th Street
Waco, TX 76701
P.O. Box 406
Waco, TX 76703
Tax Assessor and Collector:
Randy H. Riggs
A taxing unit must identify its needs and prepare a budget to meet them. To assist counties, cities and school districts in this process, the chief appraiser prepares and certifies an estimate of the taxable value of property within that taxing unit to the tax assessor by April 30. Based on current year’s values, a taxing unit then must decide how much property tax revenue is necessary to fund that budget and what tax rate is needed to produce that amount. It also must determine the tax revenue it will need to pay its long-term debt.
Cities, counties and school districts must hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and publicize the date, time and location. The proposed budget must be made available for inspection and posted on the city, county or school district website if one is maintained. Adoption of a county budget, in most cases, and a city budget that will require raising more revenue from property taxes than in the previous year, requires a separate vote to ratify the property tax increase reflected in the budget. The vote to adopt a county or city budget must be a record vote and the adopted budget must be posted on the city or county website if one is maintained.
The City of Robinson’s adopted tax rate for FY 2020-2021 is 53.37 cents per $100 assessed value.
Operation & Maintenance Rate is $.371835 Debt Service Rate is $.161865
Median home value on the 2020 property tax rolls is: $207,678
Estimated City tax bill for median home: $1,120
Two major components of your property tax calculation are Exemptions and Tax Rates which are both determined by your Taxing Units (School District, County, City, etc.).
|Homestead Exemptions for Taxing Units in the City of Robinson|
|Taxing Unit||Under 65||Over 65|
|City of Robinson||NONE||$10,000|
|McLennan County||20%, minimum $5,000||20% plus $35,000, minimum $5,000|
|McLennan Community College||20%, minimum $5,000||20% plus $12,000, minimum $5,000|
|Robinson ISD||homestead exemption of $25,000||homestead exemption of $35,000|
|Waco ISD||homestead exemption of $25,000||homestead exemption of $35,000|
|Midway ISD||homestead exemption of $25,000||homestead exemption of $35,000|
*The chart shows taxing unit exemptions for properties in Robinson, TX. The exemption is taken from the assessed value of the property prior to applying the tax rate for each taxing unit. For an exemption of 20%, minimum $5,000, you would subtract 20% from your assessed property value before applying the rate or subtract $5,000, whichever is more. Example: Assessed Value of a home is $325,000, 20% of that home value would be $65,000. You would subtract $65,000 from $325,000, since it is more than $5,000, and that is the tax amount you would pay.
* Exemptions might include Homestead, Over 65, Disabled Person, Disabled Veteran, etc.
Please remember that there are three other entities included in your total tax bill, the City represents just one entity. To find the tax rates for the entities included in your tax bill and to calculate what your property bill might look like based on the current value of your property click here. Make sure you know which independent school district your property resides in.
Taxing units are local governments that levy property taxes. These taxing units set tax rates and collect property taxes based off the taxable value of your home. Taxing units can be a city, county, school district, and special district.
There are three different school districts within the city limits of Robinson. Depending on where your property is located within the city limits will determine what school district is included in your property tax bill.
Please remember that there are three other entities included in your total tax bill, the City represents just one entity. To find the tax rates for the other entities in Robinson click here. This form can also be used to plug in the appraised value of your home to determine the total property taxes for the year. Make sure you know which independent school district your property resides in before selecting