This is a question for your elected officials.
Generally in Texas our property tax rates are 2-3% of the value of the house each year. Most of that is probably school taxes, but there can be some county, city, and other taxes too.
The people are complaining taxes are too high compared to what? I hear that from people in CA, but the properties are 3 times the value. So if their taxes are only 1% of the value, but the $250,000 house in Forney for same house would cost $1mil in CA, then we're about even.
We don't have state income tax here, so somewhere someway the schools have to raise money even if you are not in the city limits.
While I am not the biggest fan of HOA fees, most new communities in Texas will have an HOA. I can tell the communities that have them vs the ones that don't. I think in the end it helps keep neighborhoods looking nice and clean as much as possible, and keeps, boats, trailers, 12 cars, campers, lawns mowed, landscaping nice, etc out of the neighborhood in many cases.