On Monday, homeowners, community leaders and other Real Values or Texas partners stood together at the El Paso County Commissioners meeting to speak out for property tax reform.
They were heard.
The County Commission unanimously passed a resolution in support of statewide property tax reform. The resolution resolves “that the El Paso County Judge and Commissioners Court support appraisal district legal fee reform, equity appeals reform, and mandatory real estate sales price disclosure and other property tax laws that would help counties fairly raise revenue from sources other than residential property taxes during the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature and to make it a top priority; and to explore participation in other coalitions supporting property tax reform in Texas.”
By passing this resolution, the County Commissioners of El Paso are showing real leadership and ensuring that the voice of homeowners and communities is part of the debate in Austin during the 84th session.
Across the state, homeowners continue to bear an unfair burden while the largest commercial properties in the state only effectively pay taxes on about 60 percent of the actual value of their buildings.
Supporters, including homeowners Patricia Delgado, Aurolyn Luykx, and Irma Cruz, along with Eric Murillo – Comité de Justicia Laboral, Jose Escobedo – Border Network for Human Rights, Joseph Ozar – Border Interfaith, and SEIU Texas, and Julie Rogers – National Nurses Organizing Committee – Texas spoke in support of the resolution.
This is an issue that affects all types of Texans. Reform would help to support the very services residents rely on and hold commercial property tax payers accountable to paying their fair share.
If you are interested in advocating for a property tax reform resolution in your city or county, download a copy of the sample resolution and start by contacting your local elected officials.
We can have Real Values for Texas.
View news coverage of the vote:
Se une Condado de El Paso a petición de reforma tributaria
El Diario de El Paso | Lunes 10 Noviembre 2014
El Paso County Commissioners Court adopts resolution in favor of a property tax reform in Texas
By Aileen B. Flores
El Paso Times | November 10, 2014