All taxing entities in Cherokee County have approved their rates for the 2012-2013 tax year, and after crunching numbers, residents in Bullard are estimated to pay the most in taxes per household, while residents in New Summerfield pay the least.
Tax rates are based per $100 valuation of a home and property, so the more the home is worth, the larger the tax bill will be at the end of the year.
Homes on the Cherokee County side of the Bullard city limits have the highest value in the county at an average of $121,771, according to data from the Cherokee County Appraisal District. The school district also has the highest tax rate at $1.47 per $100 valuation, and the second highest city rate at 55.5749 cents. Bullard residents, like all other residents in the county, must pay county taxes, at an approved rate of 59 cents per $100 valuation.
The average homeowner on the Cherokee County side of Bullard can expect to pay a total of $3,184 for services. This breaks down to about $1,790 to the school district, $676 to the city and $718 to the county.
Jacksonville residents come in second with the second highest average home value at $81,390 and the highest city tax rate at 62.69 cents per $100 valuation. The school district follows Bullard ISD with a rate of $1.32.
The average Jacksonville resident can expect to pay about $2,064 in taxes, broken down to about $1,074 for the school district, $510 to the city and $480 to the county.
The city of Rusk falls in the middle with an average home value of $71,188, according to the appraisal district. The city's tax rate is also the median at 46 cents per $100 valuation, and the school district comes in as one of the lowest at $1.1525.
The average homeowner in Rusk can expect to pay about $1,567 in taxes, with about $820 going to the school district, $327 to the city and $420 to the county.
The average home value in the city limits of Alto is $50,589, according to the appraisal district. Its school tax rate comes in just under Jacksonville at $1.3135 per $100 valuation, and it has one of the lowest city tax rates at 33.37 cents.
The average resident in Alto can expect to pay about $1,130 in taxes, with $664 going to the school district, $168 to the city and $298 to the county.
The average home is worth slightly more in New Summerfield than Alto, around $54,475, but residents pay the lowest city taxes at a rate of 20 cents per $100 valuation, and $1.17 to the school district.
The average resident in the city limits of New Summerfield can expect to pay $1,067, with about $637 for the school district, $108 to the city and $321 to the county.
Some important things to note, this comparison was based on people who live inside the city limits and pay city taxes. School district taxing lines extend past the city limits of all cities, and residents in the county must pay county taxes and usually one of the school district rates.
Figures were calculated by the Daily Progress based on figures provided by the Cherokee County Appraisal District, the city of Bullard and Bullard ISD.
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