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 little was accomplished before May and June --- the months EVERY year that appraisal districts almost automatically 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. Recently in Wilson County the Chief Appraiser was removed from his position due to public outrage and questionable appraisal practices. More such "revolutions" are needed in other Texas counties.
Many 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. Those hurting most are taxpayers on fixed income, who swiftly are losing their financial "grip" on their homes. Meanwhile, the record foreclosure numbers throughout Texas still are increasing.
Consequently, REAL property tax & appraisal relief are desperately needed NOW! However, our legislators appear ready to wait until they convene in Year 2009. By then it will be too late for many homeowners.
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 dramatic increases, Texas homeowners can NOT hang-on for another decade.
Our state officials must provide more immediate relief to your homeowner constituents.
Texas homeowners should contact their Senate and House reps and demand action.
Governor Rick Perry:
Citizen's Opinion Hotline: 1-800-252-9600
House of Representatives: