Gov. Greg Abbott took the bold step of promising to veto the entire budget if business tax cuts aren’t in it. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has pushed for about $3 billion in property tax cuts. Read More

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A Wichita Falls man arrested last week for allegedly trying to pay his property tax bill using tightly folded $1 bills is speaking out on Thursday about the incident.  Read More

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Owning a home within close proximity of major area highways and retail centers means you will likely pay higher property taxes than other homeowners in the metro area, according to a Channel 2 Investigates review of assessed property values. Read More

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Brenda Jones fell behind on her property taxes. Jones took out a property tax loan to pay this bill, but she couldn't afford the monthly payments. She was unaware that her disability made her eligible for assistance at the tax office. Thursday, January 28, 2015 (Craig H. Hartley/For the Chronicle)  Read More

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Victor A. Flores, the county's longtime tax assessor/collector, is resigning because of health issues, he told the El Paso Times Thursday. Read More

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Today Americans for Prosperity Texas, the state's largest group of grassroots activists advocating for economic freedom, participated in a budget coalition press conference. State director, Mike Hasson addressed reporters this morning to advocate for tax reform to help Texans all over the state. Read More

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For Wichita Falls, Texas, resident Timothy Andrew Norris, a trip to the clink started with some folded $1 bills. Read More

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Brazos County Commissioners on Tuesday turned down a request from the Brazos Central Appraisal District (BCAD) for a new office building. Read More

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A Wichita Falls man was arrested by a Wichita County Sheriff’s Office deputy Jan. 28 for refusing to leave the Wichita County Courthouse Annex while trying to pay his property tax in $1 bills. Read More

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A promise to cut taxes was on the agenda of nearly every GOP candidate who ran for a state office.  Now, some of the Republicans elected are saying tax cuts this legislative session aren’t such a good idea.  Texas Public Radio has been talking to area lawmakers about their priorities, and heard from one San Antonio Republican who's warning against the call for tax cuts that reverberated through the Texas Capitol last week. Read More

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State Sens. Kevin Eltife, left, and Jane Nelson, right, confer with colleagues near the end of the 2011 legislative session. Sen. John Whitmire, seated, is at right.

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One Montgomery County lawmaker’s bill to cut property value increases is closer to being considered after it was referred to the Texas Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. Read More

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When multiple people inherit an interest in real property, each is responsible for their share of the ad valorem taxes of the property. What happens if one party fails to meet its tax obligations? What recourse is available to a party that pays more than its share of the tax obligations? In Texas, a co-owner may force the sale of an owner’s interest in real property as reimbursement for property taxes paid on the owner’s behalf. Read More

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Brazos County Commissioners this week tabled a request from the appraisal district to support construction of a new office building. Read More

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Union locals, gun clubs, art groups and a retirement community are among 22 local properties where tax exemptions are at risk as part of a sweeping crackdown triggered by two recent state rulings. Read More

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Big Bend Regional Hospital District board members voted unanimously to grant French solar company Solaire Holman I Inc. a 10-year property tax abatement on a planned solar farm located northeast of Alpine in Brewster County. Read More

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State leaders are focused on cutting property taxes this legislative session. But the state doesn’t set property tax rates, or even collect the money. The talk in some small Texas counties is instead centered on making the property appraisal process more uniform. Some lawmakers see flaws in the system and an opportunity to consolidate oversight of the appraisal districts. Read More

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Property tax relief appears to be coming to strapped Texans, but just how much is open to debate. The other shoe has dropped in the state Legislature, with the Senate presenting its first budget draft to follow-up on a House version. The Senate is looking at $4 billion in tax cuts — $3 billion of that in property taxes. The House version doesn’t specifically address property taxes, although there is little doubt they will eventually get around to it. The state is flushed right now with excess revenue, but just how much relief can we expect? Read More

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Jerry Romero, a bank officer, will be the new chairman of the El Paso Central Appraisal District board of directors for 2015. Read More

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Tax cuts promises from Republicans began taking firmer shape Tuesday when Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveiled a draft Senate budget that would deliver $3 billion in property relief to Texas homeowners. Read More

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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 10:39pm

The city of Snoqualmie won a major decision in King County Superior Court on March 4 that could have potentially cost taxpayers more than $100,000 a year. Read More

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 10:40pm

Wisconsin taxpayers have a new reason to complain about the much-reviled and overburdened property tax: Commercial property owners are winning tax cases in court that are all but guaranteed to push up the bills for residential owners. Read More

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:24pm

The El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday appointed Ruben Gonzalez, a former regional manager for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, as the new county's tax assessor-collector.  Read More

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:30pm

The Belton City Council unanimously approved a five-year tax abatement and development agreement with manufactured home company TRUmh at its Tuesday night meeting, attended by 13 people, the majority of whom were city employees. The agreements will incentivize the company to invest $6.3 million into expanding its manufacturing facility on Sparta Road. Read More

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:34pm

Three new bills up in the Texas legislature this year take aim at a passage in the tax code that counties are saying has sharply increased the number of lawsuits against appraisal districts in the state — and taxpayers are footing a $16.1 million bill to cover the litigation. Sands Stiefer, the chief appraiser for Harris County, said the city is currently dealing with 5,200 appraisal appeals, including 190 office buildings. "We've got 33 of 34 downtown high-rises in litigation for 2013, and all… Read More