What People Are Talking About

In today's digital age, information can spread like wildfire and is sometimes missing all of the details or context. The City of North Richland Hills will use this webpage to provide more details on comments and questions we are frequently hearing, so you can stay in the know with reliable and accurate information. We appreciate your interest, involvement and feedback on topics affecting our community and encourage you to contact us with any questions. 

Comment: Property tax bills keep going up. 

To help offset rising property values, the NRH City Council has lowered the city's property tax rate in recent years. Overall, the city's property tax rate has dropped 12 cents since 2016. In addition in 2022, the City Council increased the homestead exemption from 15% to 20%, which is the maximum allowed by state law. As a result, residents who have a homestead exemption saw the city portion of their property tax bill decrease in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, the city tax bill for a $300,000 home was $1,459. The city tax bill for that home was reduced by $12 in 2022 and by another $26 in 2023. (Calculations assume a 10% increase in property value each year.) You can review your annual property tax payment history on the Tarrant County Tax Office website

Comment: Senior citizens on a fixed income are being taxed out of their homes. 

Homeowners 65 or older benefit from a senior exemption and their city property tax bill is frozen. This means their city tax bill is reduced when they turn 65 and will not increase in future years, even if their property value increases.  A senior exemption was first enacted by the City Council in 1973 and it was set at the current level in 2002. The senior tax freeze has been in place since 2004. Around 28% of NRH homeowners benefit from the senior exemption and tax freeze. Visit our Senior Exemption webpage to learn more. 

Comment: Funding for park projects should be spent on other priorities.

Park maintenance and improvement projects are funded by a half-cent sales tax that was put in place by voters in 1992 to fund North Richland Hills parks and recreation facilities. By law these funds, cannot be shifted to other priorities. They can only be used for the construction of parks and recreation facilities or the maintenance of parks and recreation facilities. Cutting park projects from the budget would not reduce property taxes as these projects are not funded with property tax revenue.

Comment:  Funding for NRH2O should be spent on other priorities. 

NRH2O is a fully self-supporting operation. All of it’s expenses are paid from revenues generated from admissions, private party rentals, gift shop sales, reserved seating rentals, etc. Since opening in 1995, NRH2O has contributed $5.6 million to the city's General Fund. Additionally, the park has generated $1.3 million in state sales tax and $400,000 in local sales tax. NRH2O has an annual payroll of over $2,000,000 which then recirculates to other local businesses. NRH2O regularly brings in around 200,000 visitors annually, many of which live outside of NRH and spend money at other businesses during their visits. In 2020, reserves from the General Fund were used to offset expenses that occurred, as the water park was only open for about 10 days before being shut down due to the pandemic.