Notice of Tax Rate and Budget

The tax rate will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate.  The tax rate will effectively be raised by 3.499% and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately -$5.98.

Creating a budget and adopting a property tax rate to support that budget are major functions of a taxing unit's governing body. This is accomplished by following truth-in-taxation requirements to ensure the public is informed of any increases. Truth-in-taxation is a concept embodied in the Texas Constitution that requires local taxing units to make taxpayers aware of tax rate proposals and to afford taxpayers the opportunity to limit tax increases. Property owners have the right to know about increases in their properties' appraised value and to be notified of the estimated taxes that could result from the new value.

The information provided on this web page complies with requirements of Section 26.18 of the Texas Tax Code, Posting of Tax Rate and Budget Information by Taxing Unit on the Website. 

Public Notices

  1. Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase Form 50-876
  2. Notice of Tax Rate per Tax Code Section 26.04E Form 50-212
    City of Cedar Hill Detailed Tax Rate Calculation 

Public Official Mailing Address

City of Cedar Hill
285 Uptown Blvd.
Cedar Hill, TX 76104

Governing Body Name & Contact Information 

The City of Cedar Hill City Council

Public Hearings

After publishing the required notice, taxpayers must have the opportunity to express their views on tax increases at hearings. A quorum of the governing body must be present at all hearings. All public hearings and public meetings must be open to the public and follow Texas Open Meetings Act requirements. Due to COVID-19 public meetings may be held by video or telephone conference. Check the meeting agenda 72 hours in advance at for final access information. 

  • Meeting to Discuss 2020 Tax Rates: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm
  • Public Hearing and Adoption of FY20/21 Annual Budget 

    • A public meeting to vote on the proposed tax rate will be held on September 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm at 285 Uptown Blvd., the  Cedar Hill Government Center Building #100,  Cedar Hill,  TX  75104 .
    • The meeting will also be accessible via video and telephone conference. Due to public health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, capacity in the meeting room will be limited to 25 people and face coverings are required to enter the meeting.
    • See the Agenda Link for video and telephone conference details

Annual Budget

View the City of Cedar Hill’s proposed budget and adopted budget for prior years.

Proposed budget for Year 2020–2021
Adopted budget for Year 2019-2020
Adopted budget for Year 2018-2019

Changes in the Budget 

The table below shows the change in the amount of the taxing unit's budget from the preceding year to the current year, by dollar amount and percentage. 

DistributionFY 19/20 AdoptedFY 20/21 Proposed$ Change (Amount)% Change (Percentage)
General Fund$38,313,488$39,838,871$1,525,3833.98%
Debt Service Fund$9,757,428$10,423,225$665,8276.82%
Other Funds$46,260,810$50,789,759$4,528,9499.79%
Total Uses$94,331,726$101,051,855$6,720,1597.12%

Historical Property Tax Rate

The table below shows the property tax rate for the preceding two fiscal years and the proposed budget.

FY 18/19 AdoptedFY 19/20 AdoptedFY 20/21 Proposed
General Fund
(Maintenance & Operations)
Debt Service Fund (Interest & Sinking)$0.184093$0.172974$0.170031
Total Tax Rate$0.697028$0.697028$0.688102

Historical Property Tax Revenue

The table below shows  the amount of property tax revenue budgeted for maintenance and operations and debt service for the preceding two fiscal years and the proposed budget

FY 18/19 AdoptedFY 19/20 AdoptedFY 20/21 Proposed
General Fund
 (Maintenance & Operations)
Debt Service Fund (Interest & Sinking)$6,948,194$6,975,662$7,291,759

Property Tax Information

The City of Cedar Hill resides in both Dallas and Ellis counties. Each county must maintain a database of Property Tax Related information. The links for these property tax databases are:

Dallas Central Appraisal District
Ellis Appraisal District

For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations and collections, please contact:
Dallas County Tax Collector
John R. Ames, PCC, CTA
Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector
Email John Ames (

Annual Financial Audit

A copy of the City of Cedar Hill’s recent financial audit can be found at the following link along with prior year audits dating back to 2007.