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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Travis County chief appraiser Marya Crigler says taxpayers are losing millions of dollars because of a broken system. Read More

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While moving Midland County property tax collections to Midland Central Appraisal District (MCAD) was met with positive responses, according to the chief appraiser, the consolidation itself is still mostly unknown to residents. So the appraiser wants to remind residents of the change that happened months ago. Read More

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A building currently owned by Neosho County could end up costing taxpayers thousands of extra dollars, when property taxes become due at the end of this calendar year. The building, at 18 N. Evergreen in downtown Chanute, formerly housed a Curves gym before the county bought it in July of 2013 at the cost of $70K. It was initially intended to be used as the new location of the Neosho County Health Department. However, according to County Clerk Randal Neely, it was decided that major work would need to be done to make the facility more weatherproof. Read More

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When it rains, it pours.  On January 20, the Indiana Tax Court issued eleven rulings dismissing property tax exemption appeals for lack of jurisdiction. Read More

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Two New York City councilmen are seeking tax rebates for the owners of small properties. Read More

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Gen. Paul Selva, the U.S. Transportation Command commander, is set to introduce the military’s new Transport Isolation System, a module-based system designed to move people with highly contagious diseases and protect caregivers from infection. Read More

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Texas farmers and ranchers can be granted property tax relief on their land. They may apply to the Gaines County Appraisal District for agricultural productivity appraisal and for a lower appraisal of their land based on how much they produce, versus what their land would sell for in the open market. Read More

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District Attorney Bruce Curry is the latest lawyer to take a professional interest in an almost $90,000 cash shortfall in the Gillespie County tax office, according to a recent outside audit. Read More

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Two weeks deep into 2015 and more than 5,000 Ft. Bend County homeowners still don't know how much to pay in property tax for last year. Read More

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Comptroller’s estimate shows an extra $18 billion available, despite caution caused by oil price drop

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 9:31pm

Gary Borsch has been chair of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest non-profit business advocacy organizations in El Paso, for three months. Read More

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