Williamson County

Pop. 471,014

% Change Population, 2003-2012

+48.8% Williamson County +7.9% U.S.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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The data on this page is provided as of the date indicated and may not reflect debt, population or other data as of any subsequent date. In addition, the debt is shown for the county only, and not for other political subdivisions that may have outstanding debt, taxing powers, and the same boundaries as the county. See, also, the Debt-at-a-Glance homepage for other explanations.

Current Debt Obligations

Debt Outstanding Williamson County, Texas
as of August 31, 2012 [What's this?]

Tax Supported Debt [ ? ] $773,914,942 
Revenue Supported Debt [ ? ] $0 
lease-purchase obligations [ ? ] $0 

Source: Texas Bond Review Board

Sales Tax Rate in Fiscal Year 2014

Property Tax Rate in Calendar Year 2013
(Per $100 Valuation)

How Williamson County Compares

Total Debt Outstanding for Counties of Similar Size, as of August 31, 2012

County Name Total Debt
Debt Outstanding
Per Capita
Fort Bend County  $508,000,000  $822  627,293 
Montgomery County  $491,995,941  $1,029  485,047 
Williamson County  $789,719,942  $1,756  456,232 
Cameron County  $125,565,000  $307  415,557 
Nueces County  $108,780,000  $317  347,691 
Brazoria County  $92,050,000  $288  324,769 
Bell County  $118,200,000  $371  323,037 
Galveston County  $319,793,434  $1,080  300,484 
Lubbock County  $65,315,000  $232  285,760 
Webb County  $67,370,000  $264  259,172 

Source: Texas Bond Review Board, U.S. Census Bureau
Note: The table includes Williamson County and nine counties with closest population numbers based on U.S. Census Bureau population data. Total Debt Outstanding includes tax-supported debt and may include revenue debt and lease-purchase obligations. Some counties provide health care, transportation, drainage or other services directly, while others do so through separate hospital districts or authorities, toll road authorities, drainage districts or other political subdivisions. The comparison does not reflect debt of separate political subdivisions, even when they have the same boundaries as the counties.
Population figures are 2012 U.S. Census estimates.

Certificates of Obligation Issuances [What's this?]

Source: Texas Bond Review Board
Note: Amounts are absolute and have not been adjusted for inflation or population growth.

Most Recent Bond Election

Williamson County Bond Election:
Approved Bonds

Election Proposition Purpose Amount
11/2013 Prop. 1  Road  $275,000,000 
11/2013 Prop. 2  Parks and Recreation  $40,000,000 

Defeated Bonds

Election Proposition Purpose Amount

Source: Williamson County
Note: Does not reflect authorized but unissued debt, if any, approved at earlier elections.

Proposed Bond Issuances

Election Proposition Purpose Amount

Note: Reflects only referenda currently known and verified by the Comptroller's office at this time. If information is available for an upcoming proposed bond election, please contact us.

Debt Trends

Debt Per Capita changed by -4.1%
from 2003 to 2012.

Williamson County Outstanding Debt Per Capita at Fiscal Year End: 10-Year Trend

Sources: Texas Bond Review Board, U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Note: Some debt issued before 2002 may not be reflected. Reflects debt in 2012 dollars divided by estimated population in the relevant year.

Authorized But Unissued Debt

After voters approve tax-supported debt for a local entity in an election, the entity applies to the Attorney General (OAG) to approve issuance before debt is issued. Typically, the entity does not apply for the OAG to approve the total debt package at once, but rather over time so that it can manage the projects and reduce interest expense. Authorized but unissued debt totals are the remaining voter approved tax-supported debt that the entity has not issued yet and may be issued in the future.

Election Prop Purpose Authorized Issued Unissued

Source: Texas Bond Review Board
Note: Reflects authorized but unissued debt as of August 31, 2012. Some debt authorized prior to 2002 but still unissued may not be reflected.

An Introduction to Understanding Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

When you’re ready to learn about a public entity’s fiscal health, you’ll find a great deal of information in comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) and other yearly reports. Often posted online alongside other financial information, CAFRs report an entity’s accounting statements, debts and other key information for the past year.

But sometimes that information can be tricky to find – and tough to understand. Because of that, our office compiled some tips for locating an entity’s CAFRs and for understanding them. You’ll learn how all CAFRs have certain similarities and when and why different entities’ CAFRs will differ in key ways. Plus, we detail strategies for pinpointing the debt, expenditure and revenue information you need to hold a government entity accountable.

Note that the data in the following publications is presented as of the dates indicated in the publications and may not reflect debt, population or other data as of any subsequent date. For further or more current information, see the applicable entity’s web site or its most recent filings at Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®). The Comptroller does not control or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or currency of any such site. When you access any such site, you will be leaving the Comptroller’s website.

Read our Guide to Understanding
Comprehensive Annual Reports (CAFRs)

To learn more about the finances of public pension plans that may operate in this jurisdiction, please visit our public pension search tool.

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