Municipal Archives

​Tax Collection - Historical Items and Reports, 1953-1959

​Collection 1991-086


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorDepartment of Revenue and Taxation
TitleTax Collection - Historical Items and Reports
Quantity0.21 linear feet 
AbstractReports, documentation.
Language Records are in English

Scope and Content

In the 1856 Charter for the Town of Dallas, the elected aldermen were charged with the responsibility of levying taxes.  In 1871, when the town transitioned to city status, Section 7 of the City Charter specified that an Assessor must be elected.  The Tax Department ultimately grew from this original position, and in 1899, the Assessor became an appointed position. 

The Department of Revenue and Taxation, operating directly under the city manager, assessed and collected ad valorem taxes on all taxable property within the City of Dallas. It was responsible for collecting occupation taxes, licenses, street and alley paving, notes and assessments, franchise or bonus taxes, and monies deposited in the city parking meters. The department also performed the taxing function for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD).

In 2001, the City of Dallas and the DISD consolidated their property tax collection operations with the Dallas County Tax Office both to be more efficient and to provide a single point of contact, the county, for property tax information or payment. 




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Tax Collection - Historical Items and Reports, 1953-1959 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

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Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Municipal finance -- Texas
Municipal services -- Texas

Container List

Box Folder Title, Date
Tax Department Annual Reports, 1953-1954

Tax Levy Committee Report, 7/31/1959
[Report study of a tax levy on vacant property in the city]

Training Manual for Tax Department Personnel, 1955

Occupation tax ordinance and fees reference book, undated

Copies of City fees taxes, Special Laws of Texas, undated