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Issue Sheet—Central Health Budget and Tax Rate

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Central Health is a local governmental entity responsible for purchasing health care services for eligible low-income residents of Travis County. Its primary source of revenue is property taxes. As a steward of public funds, Central Health must balance fiscal responsibility with the growing need for health care services among Travis County’s low-income and uninsured population.

Budget and Tax Rate Development

  • Responsibility of Central Health’s nine-member Board of Managers
  • Central Health engages in two-way dialogue with residents and taxpayers during development of budget priorities
  • Per state law, Travis County Commissioners Court provides final approval of budget and tax rate
  • Fiscal Year 2018 began Oct. 1, 2017; ends Sept. 30, 2018

Fiscal Year 2018 Tax Rate Highlights

  • Tax Rate of 10.7385 cents per $100 of property value
  • Lowest rate among Travis County taxing entities (city, county, school district, community college)
  • Lowest tax rate of any major urban Texas hospital district
  • Provides homeowners a homestead exemption of 20 percent with a $5,000 minimum—20 percent is the maximum allowed by state law
  • $80,000 homestead exception for homeowners age 65-plus, and for those with disabilities
  • $327.71 tax bill for an average-valued home ($305,173)

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Highlights

  • 96 percent of budget dedicated to health care delivery costs
  • Increased funding for capital projects in East Travis County
  • Increased funding for specialty care, with a focus on cancer care and women’s health
  • Revenue increase of 4.5 percent over previous year maintains sufficient reserves

For more details and information visit the Finance section of the website.

Tax Impact

Central Health is a minor piece of the total property taxes for Travis County residents residing in the jurisdictions outlined below. Year-over-year Central Health maintains the smallest portion of the total tax bill.

Central Health Property Tax Impact Statement—Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018