Vanessa Olivas a former employee of the Tax Assessor Collector's Office was arrested on Tuesday. She is being investigated for stealing thousands of dollars. According to the arrest affidavit, Texas Rangers were contacted by the Department of Motor Vehicles because of suspicious activity at the Howard County Tax Assessors Office. An unusual amount of voided and exempt transactions were being filed. Rangers interviewed 33-year-old Olivas whose ID code was on the transactions. Read More

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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

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A Democratic state senator wants to do away with rich companies getting unfair tax breaks. Read More

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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

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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

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After 2-1/2 years as chief appraiser of the Wilson County Appraisal District, Brian Stahl is resigning. Stahl read his resignation letter during the Feb. 25 meeting of the district’s board of directors. . . .
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Texas’s Williamson County hired hundreds of workers and ran up debt as it became home to two of the 10 fastest-growing U.S. cities. Now, state tax cuts threaten to crimp the revenue it needs to pay for the expansion.  Read More

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An effort to rein in local property taxes was delayed Monday as city and county officials pressed lawmakers to kill the measure, saying it would keep them from meeting local needs. Read More

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As your lieutenant governor, I was pleased to join the chairwoman of Senate finance, Sen. Jane Nelson, and a bipartisan group of 24 Texas Senators to announce one of the largest tax relief packages in Texas’ history. It is a bold plan that provides $4.6 billion in property tax relief for struggling homeowners as well as big and small businesses trying to make ends meet. Read More

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As state lawmakers clamber aboard the tax-cut bandwagon, one Republican is raining on the parade that has been so enthusiastically arranged by his party's leaders.  Read More

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Barring something unforeseen, property and small business owners in Texas should expect lower tax bills next year. Read More

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Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, filed legislation this week in Austin to help prevent underwater delinquent taxpayers from digging deeper holes by falling victim to predatory property tax lending. Read More

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This week, we take a look at the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll and a proposal by state Senate leaders to offer tax relief to property owners and businesses. <!-- ngIf: details.credit != null -->(<!-- end ngIf: details.credit != null -->Alana Rocha and Justin Dehn / Texas Tribune<!-- ngIf: details.credit != null -->)<!-- end ngIf: details.credit != null --> Read More

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New polls from the University of Texas and our partners at the Texas Tribune find that the majority of Texans don’t like how much they’re paying in property taxes and don’t support the open carrying of guns in public. Read More

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In a state where no taxes are beloved, property taxes are the least beloved of all, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Business taxes, while also unpopular, don’t elicit strong reactions from 39 percent of voters. Read More

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Texas Senate leaders upped the ante on tax cuts Tuesday, announcing three bipartisan bills that would reduce property and business levies by more than $4.6 billion over two years — a revenue loss Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the Legislature could easily spare, thanks to flush state coffers, while also addressing state employee pensions, teacher health care, deferred maintenance and other pressing needs. Read More

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The chairman of the Texas House’s tax-writing committee said Monday that he envisions bigger tax relief than has been proposed by the state Senate. Read More

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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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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:11pm

Several Pittsylvania County residents complained to the Board of Supervisors about high property taxes on campers and motor homes Tuesday night. Read More

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:12pm

The West Virginia Ethics Commission will have a public hearing on Monday to discuss ethics violation charges against Raleigh County Assessor Drema Bias Evans. Read More

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:13pm

The Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee approved a two-year, $71.5 billion state operating budget on April 20 that would allot roughly $101 million to school districts to offset losses due to the phaseout of tangible personal property taxes, or TPP, and a kilowatt-hour tax. Read More

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 9:04pm

In the continually combative relationship between the township and Kean University, Mayor Manuel Figueiredo is now criticizing the school for refusing to pay property taxes on its bookstore and an on-campus restaurant. Read More

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 9:07pm

When a $100 million, 17,000-acre “water farm” was taking shape in 2012, school and county officials worried that millions of dollars worth of land would go off the property tax rolls. Read More