Denton County Courthouse on the Square

A view from the eighth floor of the Wells Fargo Building looking at the Denton County Courthouse on the Square in 2017.

Denton County leaders are giving certain property owners a tax ceiling starting next year.

On Tuesday, county commissioners approved a property tax limitation, or ceiling, for property owners older than 65 and those with disabilities.

The county auditor’s office estimates that about 5% of the county’s tax base will be eligible for the ceiling. As a result, the county expects to lose about $250,000 in tax revenue starting in 2020. By 2024, that loss is projected to be $1.3 million.

County Judge Andy Eads says those losses will be made up when new properties are constructed in coming years.

The ceiling applies to a resident’s homestead, not a second home or rental home, Denton County Tax Assessor-Collector Michelle French said. The limitation took effect Tuesday, but the ceiling will not be finalized until next year in case there are any changes to a homeowner’s property between now and then.

“Such as a swimming pool being added or an addition to the property or something that substantially changes the property,” French said.

The lower amount will become the ceiling, French said. From there, the property owner’s taxes will not go up even as rates are adjusted in the future, officials said.

People who already qualify for the exemption do not need to do anything more to see their property taxes frozen, French said. Those who are interested in whether they qualify should visit the Denton Central Appraisal District’s website, www.dentoncad.com.

“This is an important step for Denton County to take and one I’ve wanted since joining Commissioners Court [in] January,” Commissioner Dianne Edmondson said in a news release.

In other action

  • Denton County will receive just over $1 million from Affiliated FM Insurance Co. to settle the county’s claim filed after the Courthouse on the Square was damaged by the December 2017 downtown fire.
  • The Denton County Jail will go into business with HomeWAV, which will become the new provider of all of the jail’s video visitation services. County commissioners approved a contract between the county and HomeWAV on Tuesday. The contract runs through February 2022.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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