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Why Do My Property Taxes Keep Going Up Every Year?

Photo by Jorge Sahueza-Lyon/KUT News
A variety of factors - starting with the determination of a property's value - go into determining that property's taxes.

Today is the last day to file a protest with the Appraisal Review Board for property taxes for the current year. (Well, technically, it's May 15, or, no later than 30 days after the Travis Central Appraisal Districtsends your appraisal – whichever is later.)

So Central Texas property owners may wonder how the county appraiser settles on those home values – and why taxes seem to be perennially rising. To demystify the taxing and appraisal processes a bit, we asked Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt for an explanation of how all of this works.

Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.
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