Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing at the state Capitol in Austin on Feb. 23. Read More
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Texas’ Republican leaders have called for multibillion dollar cuts to business and property taxes but so far have remained mum on what mechanisms they’d prefer lawmakers use to get there Read More

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gave a rousing speech to the Texas Association of Business' annual meeting in Austin on Tuesday, making big promises to help business while sowing fear of immigrants in the country illegally. Read More

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No doubt one of the big winners in Gov. Greg Abbott's State of the State speech delivered Monday will be the small business community, which has backed ending the state's franchise tax. Read More

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Proposed state legislation that could cut your property taxes is getting some push-back from some mayors in Texas. Nine mayors, including ones from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, met in Austin on Monday to tell the state government to back off. Read More

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Both the El Paso City Council and County Commissioners Court passed resolutions on Monday calling for state legislators to reform property tax laws so that all property owners pay their fair share of taxes, officials said. Read More

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Randall County Commissioners approve a tax abatement for a new wind farm. Read More

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Gov. Mark Dayton wants railroads to pay significantly higher property taxes to help offset the cost of improvements throughout the state. Read More

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For three straight legislative sessions, cities and counties have successfully lobbied against attempts to limit growth in their property tax revenue. Read More

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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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Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 8:42pm

Houston homeowners: Brace for it. You're about to receive your new property tax value from the Harris County Appraisal District, and you should expect an increase. Read More

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 8:44pm

Doug Gowin, of Jacksonville, owns an 18.3-acre plot of agriculturally-exempt land that has been in his family for three generations.

Gowin’s grandfather farmed it full time when it included more acreage. His father farmed it part time. Gowin planted stands of pine trees on it in 2001.

It’s small by farming and timber standards, but Gowin enjoys the property tax break the timber exemption provides and can look forward to a payday years into the future.  Read More

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 8:45pm

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

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 8:47pm

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 9:41pm

A bill introduced in the Texas legislature proposes an annual reimbursement for communities who have lost revenue from property taxes after exemption changes in 2009. Read More