Lincoln Institute Whiffs On Houston Property Taxes

Did you hear the joke about Houston property taxes where the bill on a median value Houston home is only $2360? That’s the comical assumption put forth by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in their 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study. In a rather wonky trip down the rabbit hole, the Lincoln Institute would have us believe that Houston has … Read More

Patrick Threatens Special Session Over Worthless Bathroom, Property Tax Bills

The rift between the “conservative” Texas Senate and the more rational House chamber in the Texas legislature boiled over again this week as Dan Patrick threatened to take his toys and go home if the Legislature doesn’t give him what he wants. More specifically, Patrick has threatened a special legislative session unless the House passes property tax reform and a … Read More

Fort Bend CAD 2017 Assessments Closer To Reality

With the preliminary Fort Bend CAD 2017¬†assessments now released, it appears FBCAD has accomplished what the Texas Legislature failed or refuses to do…lower your property tax bill. After several years of abusing Katy area homeowners and ramping up assessments beyond actual market values, the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District has done what many considered unthinkable, actually dropping assessed values, some … Read More

City Of Katy Lands Amazon Fulfillment Center, But At What Cost?

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“A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.” As residents of Katy Texas are busy making their daily slog down the congestion of the Grand Parkway or the soon-to-be traffic debacle around what is arguably the most expensive high school football stadium on the planet, perhaps it is time to question the pursuit of endless … Read More

Senate Bill 2 Another Insult Among Many To Texas Homeowners

Houston Texas Property Taxes

Senate Bill 2, filed by state senator Paul Bettencourt (CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors) is another insult in the long line of insults to Texas homeowners when it comes to property tax reform. Mr. Bettencourt and several other senators authored SB-2 late last year after the committee Bettencourt chaired released a report on recommended changes to the Texas property tax … Read More

Texas Economic Development Fueled By Taxpayer-Funded Corporate Subsidies

Texas Economic Development Gone Wild

Texas economic development continues to be fueled by taxpayer-funded corporate subsidies. An estimated $1.4 billion in property tax revenue has gone uncollected in Texas from 2005 to 2015 as a result of Chapter 313. These are the findings from the state auditor’s report in October 2016. As Texas Observer detailed last year, the free lunch to corporations doing business in … Read More

HCAD’s Two-Tiered Property Tax System Exposed By Recent Apartment Deals

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(Updated 9-28-16) The bills for your property taxes will likely be going out in the mail next month. In case you needed another reminder of the two-tiered property tax system here in the Houston area, we just received another reminder of the crony capitalism that passes for uniform and “equal” appraisal in the Texas property tax system. According to the … Read More

Fort Bend County Wasting $10 Million Per Year To Maintain Operationally Corrupt “Appraisal” System

A look at the 2015-2016 budget for the Fort Bend County Appraisal District highlights how much money local taxpayers are wasting to support an operationally corrupt appraisal system here in Katy and throughout Fort Bend County. As I have detailed before, local appraisal districts have steamrolled local homeowners with skyrocketing residential property taxes and disparate treatment of different types of … Read More