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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