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By eg blogger on 8/28/2011 1:16 PM
Every now and then we find something that is not related to property tax that we want to share with all of you.  Today I came across a riddle that was supposedly created by Albert Einstein that also supposedly only 2% of the population would be able to solve (not sure if that is true, but fun to think so).  So, I have posted the riddle here just as a change of pace from the banality of the usual property tax blog post.  For the answer and/or the solution, feel free to contact us.
By eg blogger on 8/17/2011 7:49 PM
The Pennsylvania legislature has suggested that in the near future, Pennsylvania may begin to impose taxes on the booming natural gas industry in the form of a severance tax, conservation tax, or as a "local impact fee."  Such taxes may drive natural gas producers out of the state and back into Texas, providing some impact for rural counties across the state.
By eg blogger on 5/7/2011 3:49 AM

School districts across the state of Texas are considering legal challenges due to the budget shortfalls each district is realizing.  One such discussion is having a legal challenge in favor of a statewide property tax, thereby allocating the funds equally across schools according to set parameters.

By eg blogger on 5/5/2011 12:14 PM

According to a recent report by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Texas is ranked as the second best tax system behind South Dakota for entrepreneurships and small businesses.  Recent historical events support this analysis as Texas has seen an increase in businesses starting in and relocating into the state.

By eg blogger on 4/17/2011 6:51 AM

The House Ways and Means Committee discussed four bills last Monday that all effectively extended the franchise tax exemption sunset deadline back.  Currently, if no bill is passed in this legislative session, the franchise tax limit will automatically reduce from $1,000,000 to $600,000 in September, effectively creating new taxes an estimated 28,000 businesses.

By eg blogger on 4/17/2011 6:33 AM

Some homeowners in Austin have recently filed a lawsuit against the City of Austin and its council member calling into question the tax abatement decisions for certain historic properties.  The tax exemption is created to allow the city to provide an incentive for owners of these historic properties to preserve the historic buildings.  Homeowners, however, are not buying this need for the exemption and are calling the decisions to provide these exemption arbitrary.

By eg blogger on 4/16/2011 9:19 AM

California lawmakers were in Austin yesterday trying to determine why jobs and companies were fleeing out of California while Texas saw an increase.  Under the research, California generally has a lower tax burden than Texas, one of the biggest draws Texas claims to have over the California market.  According to some research, however, this may not be an accurate representation.

By eg blogger on 3/30/2011 3:46 PM

Starting with the first on March 7, Representative Thompson filed three different bills allowing for gambling in Texas.  Two others have also filed resolutions in the Legislature advocating the legalization of gambling.  These resolutions have been introduced to provide additional funds for property tax relief and to increase financial aid to higher education students.  The bills are still far off and are uncertain whether they will pass this session.  However, since approval requires a Constitutional amendment, ultimately the Texas voters will be required to approve the amendment even if approved by both the Senate and the House.

By eg blogger on 3/24/2011 4:24 PM

Two bills have been proposed by Senators Dan Patrick of Houston and Robert Nichols of Jacksonville that both effectively cap residential appraisal increases to five percent per year.  If approved, the current residential increase cap of ten percent will be reduced to five percent.

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