City of Austin has a great web site with information about Austins parks, libraries, municipal golf courses,and programs for seniors, teens and children. There is information about affordable housing and first time homebuyer programs. Current news and community events are listed.
Below are the municipal websites of the small cities that surround Austin.
Real Estate Taxes
The real property taxes vary in the Austin area according to the jurisdictions that apply to the area. Generally rates total between 1.6% and 2.8% of the appraised value. Visit our tax page for more info.
Each year, on January 1, the Country Appraisal District sets a value for each property for the current year. This valuation is sent to you in April. You have a certain time to file a protest. If no protest is filed, this value will stand. Tax rates are set in September, and bills are sent out in October.
Two tax appraisal protest services are: www. taxremedy.com and Jeff Bullard at 512-940-0444.
Here are the Central Appraisal District offices of each county:
Water - Austin Water Utility- 512-494-9400
Electricity - Austin Energy - 512-494-9400
Gas - Texas Gas Service - 800-700-2443
Telephone/Internet - AT&T
Cable/Phone/Internet - Time Warner - 512-465-6000
Trash Disposal/Recycling - Solid Waste Services - 512-494-9400
Utility Districts - List of water districts (WCID) and municipal utility districts (MUD) in Texas
City of Austin Customer Service Directory has links to every City of Austin service plus phone numbers and addresses.
Capital Metro provides bus service.
Bergstrom Airport, gateway to Austin, is located on the site of the former Bergstrom Air Force Base in southeast Austin on Texas Highway 71. It is eight miles from downtown.
State of Texas portal provides links to Texas State agencies and other resources.
Driver Licensing and Auto Registration
Driver Licensing is a Texas Department of Public Safety site. New Texas residents must obtain a Texas drivers license within 30 days of establishing residence here.
Automobiles must be registered within 30 days of establishing
residency. This process requires:
1) Certificate of Title
2) Proof of insurance:
- You are required to carry proof of insurance when driving.
- All persons in the front seat must wear seatbelts.
- Children up to age 2 must ride in approved infant car seats.
- Children, ages 2-4, must ride in approved seats or wear a standard automobile seat belt.
3) Texas State vehicle inspection (form VI-30A)
- Prior to registration your vehicle must pass inspection at an authorized service station or garage.
- They will give you a VI-30A form, verifying the VIN number of your out-of-state vehicle.