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Issue Sheet—Central Health Budget and Tax Rate
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.
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