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Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 4:41pm

The Houston Chronicle is to be congratulated for calling for an end to unneeded tax breaks being approved by the Houston City Council ("End the gifts," Page B6, July 12). Both my predecessor, Paul Bettencourt, and I were pleasantly surprised to read that the Chronicle editorial board agrees with our long-held position that many tax abatements given by the city of Houston have been unnecessary giveaways. These recipients of the city's largess didn't really need or realistically take into account the subsidy when making their decision to locate their development in the city of Houston. To them, the tax abatements have been just free money or icing on the cake. Read More

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 4:44pm

For years, talk of property tax reform in Pennsylvania seemingly has been nothing more than failed bills and some slot machine cash. But some state legislators believe two bills they say will end rising real estate taxes are gaining traction. Read More

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 4:45pm

 Florida Keys property owners pay more in property taxes than any other Florida county, despite having one of the lowest millage, or tax, rates in the state. Read More

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 4:46pm

My constituents tell me they are willing to pay property taxes because they want police and fire protection, educated children and other essential public infrastructure and services. But, they also tell me they expect to be treated fairly. Read More

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 4:48pm

A cash-flow problem stemming from a tax dispute involving the New Covert Generating Co. may prevent Covert Public Schools from operating in the 2013-14 school year, its superintendent says. Read More