Central Health is here to ensure that all Travis County residents have access to high-quality, cost-effective health care. With taxpayer support, Central Health and our network of partners are forging a transformative integrated healthcare delivery system that serves our most vulnerable residents. To date, your investment has provided:

  • Health insurance for more than 33,000 Travis County residents
  • Medical care for more than 89,000 residents
  • Primary care physician appointments for more than 340,000 (1 in 3) residents
  • 25 CommUnityCare clinics for low-income, uninsured residents
  • 15 healthcare facilities, including hospitals
  • Expansion to more than 25 specialty areas, including dental and behavioral health

With your ongoing support, we will continue turning the vision of a model healthy community into a reality.

Central Health provides outstanding value and return on investment for Travis County residents’ tax dollars. For every local dollar invested, Central Health brings in an additional $1.42 of federal funds.

How We Use Tax Dollars

When Central Health was created in 2004, Travis County and the City of Austin transferred most of their respective tax bases dedicated to health care. After this transfer, Central Health assumed responsibility for levying taxes to finance healthcare services for eligible Travis County residents. State law currently provides that this levy may not exceed .25 cents on each $100 of the taxable value of property taxable by Central Health.

Central Health’s Tax Rate

2014-2015 – 12.64 cents per $100 of valuation

Our Historical Tax Rates, for comparison, are:

YearTax Rate per $100 of Valuation
2013-201412.9 cents
2012-20137.8946 cents
2011-20127.89 cents
2010-20117.19 cents
2009-20106.74 cents
2008-20096.79 cents
2007-20086.93 cents
2006-20077.34 cents
2005-20067.79 cents
2004-20057.79 cents
2014 Hospital District Tax Amount as a Percentage of the Total Tax Amount
includes homestead exemption)


Both the Central Health Board of Managers and the Travis County Commissioners Court must approve the budget and tax rate for Central Health each year. Before the approval of the budget and tax rate, Central Health is required to hold two hearings to receive comments from the public.

Central Health does not provide any direct services. Therefore, the majority of its budget is dedicated to contracting with other entities to deliver and manage direct healthcare services, including those provided through University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, and CommUnityCare’s 25 Federally Qualified Health Centers.

The fiscal year (12-month accounting period) for Central Health begins October 1 and ends September 30.