Texas

Galveston tax collector-assessor Cheryl Johnson has seen lawsuits by oil companies suck millions of dollars out of local government coffers in recent years. The Republican officeholder watched as Valero used a quirk in tax law to twice win lawsuits forcing the Texas City school district to refund taxes. Valero is still suing for even more tax refunds.  Read More

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BASF received another reason to choose Freeport for its new propylene facility when Brazosport College approved its application for a tax abatement if the plant is built there. Read More

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The council will now take my proposed budget and collectively decide how it can be increased or decreased and changed to serve the needs of our citizens. Read More

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For some time we have called on the Austin City Council to enact a general homestead exemption to help homeowners cope with through-the-roof property taxes and rising fees for city services. We give current council members credit for expanding tax exemptions for seniors, people with disabilities and some low-income residents. But our calls – and yours — to address affordability woes of working- and middle-income homeowners through tax breaks have fallen flat with this council. Read More

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The 2014 value roll is certified, protests have been completed by the Appraisal Review Board and only tax bills and judicial appeals remain to complete the 2014 tax year. There were 1057 property accounts protested with 504 of those being set for ARB hearing. 553 accounts were settled prior to the ARB hearing and the ARB handed down 105 orders of value. There were also 81 accounts that did not show up for their hearing and 94 accounts that withdrew their protest prior to the hearing. These numbers account for a little over three percent of the total property accounts in Erath County and are up from previous recent years because the district increased values across Erath County for the first time in seven years. Read More

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 We continue our KRIS 6 News Investigation into over two decades worth of unpaid property taxes. Read More

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Travis County Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler has jumped into the

debate over how to fix the state’s appraisal system, joining a chorus of

critics who say the system is unfairly weighted toward commercial

property owners.

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Recent litigation against the Central Appraisal District by the Outlet Shoppes of El Paso has left the Canutillo Independent School District paying back more than a million dollars. Read More

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Denton County and many of its cities and school districts saw growth of 10 percent or more in their tax rolls this year, according to certified totals released by the Denton Central Appraisal District. Read More

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The Central Appraisal district -- one of the most-criticized agencies in El Paso -- has taken its share of shots for the way it values our properties. Read More

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Following a 45-minute executive session with County Attorney Jim Tirey, Hale County commissioners on Monday approved Tri Global Energy’s tax abatement application on its Hale Community Energy Project. Read More

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From the publisher

28 Jul 2014

Nothing gets El Paso property owners more fired up than property valuations and the Central Appraisal District. Read More

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"As politicians pitch reforms for Texas’ property tax system, the Travis Central Appraisal District is preparing to air its own list of more than a dozen proposed fixes that range from amending key provisions in state law to changing the way appraisal notices are written." Read More

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The Travis Central Appraisal District has requested an unprecedented boost of $2.9 million in next year’s budget to scrutinize the agency’s appraisals for accuracy and to mount a stronger defense against commercial property owners who challenge their tax bill. Read More

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The loss of $65 million of taxable value from Luminant won't cripple Milam County's budget this year, thanks to mineral interests that are starting to pay off, county officials said. Read More

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A dispute over the appraised value of Luminant Energy's operations in Milam County could spell trouble as county commissioners and Rockdale school officials begin to plan 2015 budgets. Read More

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The difference between residential and commercial assessments in New York City will likely grow as the City Council adopted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget June 25. Although de Blasio and several council members stated that the budget will not raise taxes, critics are calling that semantics, saying that although tax rates will not increase, taxpayers’ bills will. Because the overall value of city property rose 6 percent from the prior fiscal year, actual tax liability will increase, even if rates do not, notes Capital New York. Commercial properties are expected to be hit much harder than residential properties under the new budget. Read More

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The Three Legged Monkey, the once-popular bar owned by city representative candidate Michael Armstrong, owes nearly $8,800 in property taxes, El Paso Consolidated Tax Office records show. Read More 

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After almost 30 years in the same location, officials with the Montgomery Central Appraisal District got the green light to move forward with a $4 million expansion of the existing building to better serve the residents. Read More

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