Tax Information

Ad Valorem (Property) Tax

In 1979, the Texas Legislature enacted a State Property Tax code which established uniform appraisal policies and procedures.

Under the code, county-wide appraisal districts are now responsible for preparing a unitary tax roll that encompasses all property within the county. Although cities and other jurisdictions retain the authority to set their own tax rates and collect their own taxes, they must use the tax roll prepared by the central appraisal district for all tax-related purposes. The Brazoria County Appraisal District prepares the tax roll for the City of West Columbia.

To learn about taxpayer's rights, how to protest your appraised value and other tax information, visit the Texas Comptroller's website.

West Columbia's current tax rate is $.8200 per $100 valuation. To find a list of all taxing entities in Brazoria County and their current tax rate, visit the Brazoria County Clerk's website.

Sales Tax

Sales tax is collected by local businesses and remitted to the state.

Franchise Tax

Franchise and Hotel Occupancy taxes are collected by the appropriate vendors and submitted to the city.

Hotel Occupancy Tax

If you have any questions about these or other taxes, contact City Hall at (979) 345-3123.

Current Tax Rates

  • Ad Valorem Tax $.8200 per $100 valuation
  • Sales Tax - 8.25%
  • Hotel / Motel Tax - 7%
  • Franchise Tax - 2%-4% for utilities