While most homeowners pay taxes on the real value of their property, many large commercial property owners routinely use appeals and lawsuits to avoid paying their fair share.
Texas’s flawed property tax system unfairly burdens homeowners who have to pay more when large commercial properties pay less.
Over the last five years, homeowners have carried the burden of approximately $1.3 billion more in property taxes because of Dallas’s largest commercial property owners’ manipulation of the property tax system. When large commercial property owners shirk their responsibility, ordinary homeowners pay more property taxes to make up the difference. It leads to frustration among homeowners and erodes support for our schools and other public services
So who is benefiting at our expense?
Large commercial property owners like these have been enormously successful in driving down their property tax bill.
Homeowners and local communities across Texas are shouldering an unfair burden when large commercial property owners manipulate the property tax system to drive down their property values and property tax bills.
It is time for a fair property tax system that does not burden homeowners nor deprives communities of vital public services.
It’s time for Real Values for Texas.
- Editorial: “Level Texas’ property tax playing field”
Dallas Morning News May 4, 2014
- Let’s make the property-tax system fair for all Texans
Steve Blow Dallas Morning News May 3, 2014
- Tax law leads to towering savings for big-building owners
Matthew Watkins Dallas Morning News April 26, 2014