The city of Dallas employs a council manager form of government with fourteen council representatives. The city manager currently Mary Suhm City is the chief executive officer while the mayor is Mike Rawlings. The city council is thus composed of sixteen members with the mayor and city manager being ex officio members. The members are elected from the districts and they represent the districts they come from. The city’s charges a property tax rate of 2.5% per annum. Property valued at $500000 would thus attract a tax of $12500 per annum.
Austin like the city of Dallas employs the council manager form of government to run its affairs. The council is composed of six councilors and the mayor and city manager with the latter two being ex officio members. The mayor of Austin is Lee Leffingwell while the city manager is Marc Ott. The members of the city council are the elected six from the districts and the mayor elected by the whole city and the city manager who is appointed by the council. The city uses a 1.95% tax rate per annum which would thus make a property worth $500000 attract a tax of $9750 per annum.
The city of Houston employs the council manager form of government just like Austin and Dallas. The mayor of the city is Ed Gonzalez. The city council is composed of sixteen members eleven of whom are elected from the districts while five are elected a t large. The city members are responsible for the running of the various departments within the council. The members of the council are elected every two years in odd numbered intervals. The property tax rate employed by Houston city is 2.3% per annum. At this rate property of $500000 would attract a tax rate of $11500 per annum.