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While Republicans revel in their landslide victory Nov. 4, the chairman of the Texas Senate’s Democratic Caucus isn’t trying to downplay his party’s rout. Read More

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State Auditor John Keel is criticizing an economic development program run by Texas school districts, saying they're being passive about checking whether companies actually are creating high-paying jobs as promised. Read More

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County Commissioners Court on Monday adopted a resolution in support of reforming the property tax system in Texas.  Read More

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A conservative think tank loves to say that Texas’ spending has been profligate for a decade, even under Republican rule. Read More

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The president of the Texas’ largest property tax firms that represents home and business owners in property tax protests has provided George Scott Reports with a data base that he says dramatically demonstrates the results of the fundamental flaw of a process used by the Fort Bend County Central Appraisal District (FBCAD) to assert it has appraised residential properties in a uniform and equal manner as required by the Texas Constitution and the Property Tax Code of Texas. Read More

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A Harris County resident is asking that her horses be allowed to graze on nearly 20 acres of land in Jefferson County. Read More

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A wind farm developer will launch a second construction phase that will build more than 100 wind turbines as part of a project that will create as many as 200 temporary jobs, officials said Wednesday. Read More

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Next year, the typical Travis County homeowner will pay an additional $291 in property taxes to local governments, a nearly 5 percent increase in the average total property tax bill. Read More

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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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