by Ross Kecseg
Lawmakers and local officials often claim Texas has outrageously high property taxes because taxpayers don’t pay a personal income tax. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
On average, “no-income tax” states impose roughly identical property tax bills on homeowners when compared to the average among states with a personal income tax. And these figures are adjusted for median home values.
Perhaps it’s because income and property taxes pay for very different things—the first primarily funds state government services, while the second exclusively funds local government services.
Regardless of the cause, it’s safe to say it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison.
So how does Texas’ property taxes stack up against the other eight “no-income tax” states? Texas ties New Hampshire for having the highest property taxes on homeowners, and by a huge margin.