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A five-member panel Thursday rejected a request to reduce the Riesel coal-fired power plant’s tax appraisal by nearly two-thirds but voted to roll back the McLennan County Appraisal District’s value. Read More

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A major financial storm is brewing for Milam County – and Luminant is at its center. Read More

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The dispute between Luminant and the Milam Appraisal District (AD) over values at the Sandow Power Plant—which will ultimately affect Rockdale ISD and Milam County taxpayers—appears headed toward a court date. Luminant did not send representatives to appear before the AD’s Appraisal Review Board’s (ARB) scheduled protest hearings Thursday. Read More

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As expected Monday morning, the Appraisal Review Board for the Travis Central Appraisal District effectively accepted the "agreed order" between the city of Austin and TCAD – suspending, for the moment, the city's challenge of TCAD's commercial property valuations. The suspension was essentially a tactical maneuver by Mayor Steve Adler and the city's attorneys, allowing the TCAD certification of the current year's tax rolls to proceed by the statutory end of Aug­ust – but then allowing the city to appeal the ARB decision to state district court, and meanwhile share its discovery information of commercial market prices with TCAD's appraisers. Read More

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House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dennis Bonnen slammed a Senate proposal to give a school property tax break to homeowners Tuesday as he laid it out for his panel's consideration. Read More

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With drought conditions easing somewhat, the Lampasas Central Appraisal District in January 2016 will begin checking the degree of land-use intensity for properties that have an agricultural appraisal. Chief Appraiser Melissa Gonzales said the upcoming action results from Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision not to list Lampasas County as a drought disaster area any more. Read More

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 The House’s chief tax policy writer says he gladly would end an impasse with the Senate by dropping the chambers’ rival plans for sales and property tax cuts in favor of one big business-tax reduction. Read More

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Senate leaders are pitching two of their bills as a cure-all for higher property taxes, a one-two punch they hope will prevail over a House plan to cut sales taxes. Read More

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Sen. Paul Bettencourt’s bill to put small business property tax appeals under the arbitration umbrella will be on the Texas Senate’s intent calendar on Thursday. Read More

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A former district judge who left the bench while snared in balmy controversy has brought a breach of contract suit against Valero Energy, seeking to extract more than $6 million in damages from the oil giant. Read More

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Homeowners are about to see their property values hit the rafters. Read More

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Everything is bigger in Texas — including taxes. Although every homeowner across the country is subject to real estate taxes, it seems Texans owe a lot more than most Americans, according to a new study from WalletHub. Read More

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Nada Gunter worries she will soon be taxed off her family land.

Ms. Gunter, a 58-year-old who lives on Social Security and disability, is among hundreds of Cherokee County residents who soon may not qualify for low property tax appraisals they have enjoyed for years.  Read More

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What the Texas Legislature calls tax relief looks like chump change when you break it down, raising this question: How much do taxes have to be cut to turn the heads of Texas voters? Read More

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A House leader on Wednesday proposed a $4.9 billion tax-relief package that would cut the sales tax rate to 5.95 percent, which he said would save the average family of four $172 a year. Read More

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Round Rock ISD officials are moving forward with a proposed tax exemption meant to spur business growth in the city. Read More

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The Nueces County Appraisal District sent out the first batch of 173,000 reappraisal notices and the bulk of property values are going up, officials said. Read More

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1.7 million property owners across Harris County are about to find out their home values are a lot higher than just a few months ago. Although that can be great for those trying to sell, it can be tough to swallow for taxpayers. Read More

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The  Senate approved a series of bills Wednesday that would reduce taxes by $4.6 billion, delivering on Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s early session promise to cut property and franchise taxes. Because Texas doesn’t have a statewide property tax, legislators can’t reduce the rates directly, but Senator Jane Nelson of Flower Mound authored two measures that would raise the homestead exemption. Read More

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Tax tactic

29 Mar 2015

In  his book "1984," George Orwell invented the language Newspeak, which satirized governmental hypocrisy. The Ministry of Love oversees torture and brainwashing and the Ministry of Plenty oversees shortage and famine. In Texas, the requirement of "equal and uniform" property taxation could be a phrase out of Newspeak. Read More

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