Texas Lawmakers Must Provide REAL Property Tax Relief --- so, let's get them to do it!Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

Texas Lawmakers Must Provide REAL Property Tax Relief --- so, let's get them to do it!
 


6 June 2008 at 12:37:28 PM
pstern

Texans, please join me in requesting lawmakers to provide more immediate relief of oppressive property taxes. 

 

Dear Gov. Perry and Texas Legislators:

Texans need property tax relief NOW!

Naturally, the best way to do so is to revamp and/or eliminate the current Property Tax & Appraisal System; however, that is NOT the most expedient path towards more immediate relief.

Taxpayers need a legislative "Pepto-Bismol" for immediate relief because once again May and June are the months EVERY year that appraisal districts attempt to increase values that continue to skyrocket property taxes.

For the past decade, homeowners have paid dramatic increases in appraisal values, tax rates and/or bond packages that translate into higher property taxes.

While there is an appraisal cap of 10% on residential (homesteads) property, too many appraisal districts have no fear or difficulty proposing more than that amount.

Appraisers and Appraisal Review Boards (ARBs) seem to have no compassion or ethics when it comes to dismissing taxpayers' protests and so, every year more homeowners are faced with unaffordable monthly mortgage payments, ongoing increases in cost of living expenses and the threat of foreclosure, which currently are the highest in Texas history --- with no end in sight.

Yes, several years ago lawmakers approved a token relief package that is supposed to provide a 33 percent decrease in property taxes over a 3-year span.

However, that has become a placebo relief as taxpayers find their property taxes rising much faster than their incomes.

Consequently, REAL property tax & appraisal relief are desperately needed now.

While lawmakers are not scheduled back to the Capitol until 2009, it is imperative that they communicate with the governor and each other regarding options that are needed to provide relief to overburdened homeowners.

After 10 years of ongoing increases, Texas homeowners can NOT hang-on for another decade.

Please provide more immediate relief to your homeowner constituents.

Respectfully yours,

Peter Stern, Driftwood, TX

 

Contacts:

 

Governor Rick Perry:

http://www2.governor.state.tx.us/contact/ 

 

Senate:

http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/Members.htm

 

House of Representatives:

http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/welcome.php

 

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