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Property Tax Relief: what are legislators doing?
 


28 September 2008 at 6:14:41 PM
pstern

Texans need property tax relief NOW!

What are state officials doing about it?

Naturally, the best way to provide property tax relief 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 every year during May and June, whether or not it is justified, 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 property, sometimes appraisal districts have no fear or difficulty proposing more than that amount.

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.

In addition, last year lawmakers approved the bill to eliminate property taxes for 100-percent Disabled Veterans and the voter approved it in the last election; however, legislators did NOT provide the means to do so.  Consequently, there will not be any relief for this needy population prior to 2010.

Since officials don't do the right thing, Texans must demand legislators to provide immediate property tax relief.

Contacts:

Governor Rick Perry:

http://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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