The majority of funding for local governments comes from property taxes and sales tax. Property taxes are collected by a number of entities, with the City, County, and School District being the primary drivers. In addition, there are a number of special districts that collect taxes in all or part of the County. These districts provide specific services and collect taxes to be used within that district’s boundaries on approved projects. Table 11 provides an overview of the taxing districts and the basic rate. Specific information on exemptions, etc. can be found at the County Appraisal website.

The Sales Tax in Bay City is the State maximum of 8.25 percent. Of this, 6.25 percent goes to the State of Texas, 1.0 percent goes to the City, 0.5 percent is for property tax relief, and 0.5 percent is for economic development.

The economic downturn of 2008 resulted in a significant drop in gross sales and sales tax collection in Bay City. While there has been a rebound in the gross sales, the level of sales subject to sales tax has not returned to the same level as in 2008. As the City continues to rebound and see more retail and service growth, this revenue will continue to increase and return to the levels seen prior to the recession.

2013 Property Tax Rates

0.56794% - City of Bay City
0.32099% - Matagorda County
1.32394% - Bay City ISD
1.0400% - Boling ISD
1.16373% - Matagorda ISD
1.1000% - Palacios ISD
1.2176% - Tidehaven ISD
1.0400% - Van Vleck ISD
0.2560% - Matagorda County Hospital District
0.03645% - Port of Bay City Authority
0.03872% - Matagorda County Nav District #1
0.00522% - Matagorda County Consv. & Recl. District


Hotel and Motel Taxes

Hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast establishments are levied a Hotel / Motel tax. This tax is intended to be used on projects that will put ‘heads in beds’, which means projects need to promote tourism in the community. This can include marketing, festivals and events, and similar projects. In the fourth quarter of 2013, Bay City had 20 properties reporting for the Hotel / Motel tax, totaling 837 rooms and $1,774.297.84 in taxable receipts. Bay City hotels and motels are full, and many of their occupants are long term. Companies are renting blocks of rooms for employees to be in the area for extended periods of time. 

Calendar of Events

We are a busy city! Check our calendar to see different events going on in our community. 

Please email to let us know if your organization would like to add an event.

27 February 2017

Bay City Video

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28 January 2017

Wild Game and Wine Camofest

The Bay City Main Street program is hosting the Wild Game and Wine CAMOFEST on January 28, 2017 f… Read More »

8 December 2016

Rock The Block...Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and Christmas Karaoke

Come down to the Historic Downtown Bay City from 5 to 7 pm. Don your ugliest Christmas sweater an… Read More »

19 November 2016

November Market Days on the Square

Bay City Market Days on the Square will be held from 9 am to4 pm. Saturday, November 19 at the Ma… Read More »

I have lived in Bay City for 7 years after moving from the Deer Park area. We enjoy living in Bay City for many of the city's attributes; from the slow pace, friendly atmosphere to the close proximity to the beach and river. It is easy to be involved in the community's organizations because people are friendly and willing to help each other out. It is such a great welcoming culture from the Houston lifestyle.

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