Each October, annual property tax statements are mailed to you or your mortgage company by Dallas County, not by the City of Rowlett. The City has contracted with the Dallas County Tax Office to handle property tax billing and collections for all City of Rowlett property owners in Dallas and Rockwall counties.
Upon receipt of your tax statement three convenient payment options are available to you:
- Pay by mail: Dallas County Tax Assessor-Collector, 500 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75202
- Pay Online: You'll need your 17 digit tax account number. Visa and MasterCard credit cards and debit cards and Discover credit cards are accepted.
- Pay in person at any of 10 locations. The closest to Rowlett is: Dallas County Tax Office, 140 N. Garland, Dallas, Texas 75040. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Payment by cash or check only, no credit cards accepted.
For more information, please contact the Dallas County Tax Office at 214-653-7811.
Taxes become due and payable October 1 and are delinquent if not paid on or before January 31. A penalty is imposed at the rate of 6% on the first day of the month of delinquency and will increase 1% each month thereafter reaching the maximum of 12% by July 1. Interest is imposed at the rate of 1% on the first day of the month of delinquency and will increase 1% each month thereafter. Taxes that remain delinquent on July 1 will incur an additional penalty not to exceed 20% of the total taxes, penalties and interest due.
Business personal property taxes that remain delinquent on April 1 will also be subject to a possible penalty pursuant to Section 33.11 of the Texas Property Tax Code. That provision allows for an additional penalty of 20% of the total taxes, penalties and interest to defray the costs of collection.
City's Tax Information
The Rowlett City Council sets the property tax rate along with the budget in September. The tax rate is comprised of two elements; maintenance/operation and debt. The 2010 City Tax Rate is .74717 per $100 of valuation.
Property Tax Appraisals
The Central Appraisal Districts (Dallas Central Appraisal District, Rockwall Central Appraisal District) determines the value of all taxable property within the City of Rowlett on January 1st of each year. The appraisal district must repeat its appraisal process for property at least once every three years.
The appraisal districts hear all protest on property value. If you disagree with your property value, you have until May 31st or 30 days from the date the notice was mailed (whichever is later) to file a protest. The State Comptrollers Office distributes a brochure giving information on many areas of the taxpayer's rights at www.cpa.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/remedy10/index.html.
The appraisal districts approve all exemptions according to Texas Property Tax Code. Exemption forms must be requested through the appraisal district. Some exemptions must be filed each year while others are one time only. Please contact the appropriate appraisal district if you have a question or exemptions.
Dallas County Appraisal District, Rockwall Central Appraisal District
Listed below are the exemptions and the amount offered by the City of Rowlett. The exemptions must be filed with the appropriate Appraisal District. If the exemptions listed below are filed by May 1, the exemption will show on the original tax statement. If not, a supplemental bill will be mailed showing the adjustment, when it is received from the appraisal district.
Optional Homestead Exemption: You must own and live on the property on January 1 of that year. The Optional one (1%) percent is taken off the appraised value (excluding capped value, if any).
$67,000 Over 65 Exemption: This exemption is pro-rated if you turn 65 after January 1. This exemption amount is subtracted after the homestead exemption. This exemption can only be used on the homestead property.
$67,000 Disabled Person Exemption: Persons with disabilities may qualify for this exemption. An account cannot have both the disabled person and over 65 exemptions.
Ownership or Mailing Address Changes
If there is an ownership or mailing address change, please write your applicable Appraisal District.
Compare our City's tax rates or exemptions to other cities served by Dallas County, by visiting Dallas County 2009 Ad Valorem Tax Rates.