December 17, 2014
December 17, 2014 Media Round Up
Since the 2014 election, a lot has happened regarding property taxes. While some people paid their property tax bills without even thinking about it this year, many noticed an increase and joined the fight to level the playing field as they learned that commercial property owners were paying less then their fair share.
Just after the election, a number of bills were introduced with both the Democrats and Republicans trying to take the lead on property tax reform. Newly elected State Senator Bettencourt filed a bill which he says will lower property taxes, but doesn’t mention where communities will get their funding from for things like schools, libraries, or other public services. Democrats, like Senator Kirk Watson also pledged to fight from homeowners and schools with new property tax laws.
And the Houston Chronicle supports property tax relief but doesn’t think easy answers are the best, including some of the bills being presented.
Local elected officials did their part too. In El Paso, the Commissioners Court passed a resolution supporting statewide property tax reform that would level the playing field for homeowners and commercial property owners.
In Houston, the Independent School District passed a legislative agenda for the 84th session that made property tax reform a priority.
We also learned that the Williamson Central Appraisal District and other members of the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts will be lobbying for commercial property tax reform.
Meanwhile, Real Values for Texas is becoming so popular among homeowners across the state that those who benefit the most from commercial property owners not paying their fair share formed a group to protect their income stream.
Learn more at www.realvaluesfortexas.org