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A new chief appraiser has been hired to head the Galveston Central Appraisal District. Read More

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Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti said late Tuesday that the largest delinquent taxpayer in the county has paid off $1.4 million in back-due taxes. Read More

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You see them all the time as you're driving down the highway... endless rows of wind turbines. Now, high profile investors are gaining more and more interest in Panhandle wind farms. JP Morgan recently announced that it made a majority investment in a wind farm just east of Amarillo. Read More

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Defense attorneys have rested their case in the punishment phase of the trial of a former North Texas public official convicted of capital murder in a revenge plot against prosecutors. Read More

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Denton County Judge Mary Horn is gearing up for a familiar battle in the 84th Texas Legislature. Read More

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A proposal on Thursday’s Austin City Council agenda to divert property taxes to the Lone Star Rail District would cost the city budget $1 million to $1.3 million, the city’s chief financial officer said in a memo to the council released late Wednesday. Read More

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Texans can expect tax relief, a laser focus on border security and more efforts to fight traffic congestion when a cash-flush Legislature convenes in January. Read More

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Sen. Dan Patrick, the incoming lieutenant governor, has said that when he takes office, he wants to take steps to keep the National Guard on the border longer than currently envisioned. “Border security is a top priority for me.”  Read More

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A coalition of leading Texas business organizations is joining forces with the Coalition for Equal and Uniform Taxation (CEUT) to defend the Texas constitution's guarantee of Equal and Uniform Taxation, and fight efforts to impose mandatory sales price disclosure.  The Texas constitution mandates that all property be taxed at market value and that the taxes be equal and uniform. Both homeowners and businesses have a right to challenge a central appraisal district's valuation if it does not meet this constitutional standard.  Read More

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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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