One of the primary responsibilities of the Office of Luanne Caraway, Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector, is to collect, record and disburse property taxes.

When the certified tax roll is received from the Hays County Appraisal District, the property values are loaded on the Tax Office's computer system. The certified tax roll and the tax rates adopted by each taxing jurisdiction are used to levy the current property taxes in October of each year. Tax statements are then generated and mailed.

Current taxes that remain unpaid as of February 1 of the year following the year in which imposed are delinquent and are assessed penalty and interest. Taxes that remain delinquent on July 1 of the year in which they become delinquent may incur an additional penalty of up to 20% to defray costs of collection.

The Tax Office disburses the taxes to the various taxing entities for which it serves as collector.

To apply for homestead or disabled veterans exemptions, please refer to the forms section of the Hays Central Appraisal District web site by clicking HERE.

For more information about property taxes, exemptions, tax bills and more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.