Austin City Council Presents a Challenge
Just hours before community members were to attend a property tax appraisal forum in Austin on May 19, the City of Austin released its study showing the undervaluation of commercial properties in the city. The report underscores the inequities of the current property tax appraisal system and the need for reform.
In addition, at the forum, Mayor Steve Adler and Mayor Pro-tem Kathie Tovo spoke about their push for Council to direct the City Manager to file a petition to challenge the Travis County Appraisal District’s appraisals of this year’s commercial properties. Just over a week later, homeowners attended a City Council meeting to make public comments in support of their directive and Council unanimously voted in favor of the challenge.
Moving forward with the challenge shows not only that the Council understands that the property tax system is skewed, but that local action is important to make changes happen at the state level.
Council: You Know You Better Finally Decide, The Austin Chronicle, May 29, 2015
Austin to challenge commercial property appraisals, Austin Business Journal, May 29, 2015
Council moves forward with appraisal challenge, Austin Monitor, May 28, 2015
Austin Council to file unprecedented commercial appraisal challenge, Austin Statesman, Mat 28, 2015
Austin may file challenge of commercial property appraisals, Community Impact, May 27, 2015