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By eg blogger on 10/27/2011 10:41 PM

Adding yet another two major school districts to the list against the State, the Houston Independent School District board has unanimously voted to join the lawsuit against the State of Texas regarding school financing inequities.  In addition, Austin Indpendend School District has also joined the litigation.  The number of school districts are beginning to add up from the original seven named in the suit and now include districts such as Angelina, Fort Bend, Pearland, and Houston.  Others are still expected to join.

By eg blogger on 10/26/2011 9:00 AM

The North Dakota Legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment that would completely abolish property taxes in the state.  This would be the first state to do away with property taxes completely.  A referendum vote will be held in June 2012 to determine whther or not North Dakota abolishes the tax.

By eg blogger on 10/25/2011 7:46 AM

On November 8, proposed constitutional amendments will be going up for vote by the citizens of Texas.  One of those bills (Proposition 8), would enact a law that encourages land owners to conserve water and improve water quality in Texas by providing them a property tax benefit.

By eg blogger on 10/24/2011 7:36 AM

The Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, Hotel Association of Greater Houston, and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association conduct an annual trade show for hotel owners in Texas.  This year, the trade show will be held on October 25, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Houston Medical Center.  As always, Estes & Gandhi, P.C. will be represented with a booth at the venue.  So we would like to invite you to come by for valuable education, prizes, and information about us.  Admission is free for member and non-member hotel owners.  For more information or to register for this event, please click here.

By eg blogger on 10/12/2011 8:23 AM

To follow up on previous blog posts, on Monday, October 10, 2011 (ironically Columbus Day), the Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition officially filed its lawsuit against the State of Texas in Travis County district court.  The lawsuit is meant to challenge that the current state’s public finance system as unconstitutional because it does not treat each school equitably.  The Coalition and named Plaintiffs are represented by Richard Gray of Gray & Becker, P.C.

By eg blogger on 10/7/2011 9:26 AM
The City of Houston has released a web tool that allows property owners to input their appraised value and find out exactly where each dollar of property tax goes.  
By eg blogger on 9/28/2011 7:37 AM

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently considering sixteen refund requests from some of the nation’s largest oil refineries that could cause some already underfunded schools and local governments to give significant dollars back.  These refineries are applying for the refund under a Texas Constitutional Amendment that allows an exemption for industrial plants on equipment purchased to reduce on-site pollution.  According to the Associated Press, if the commission grants the refund, the requests could add up to more than $135 million, with over half being owed by Texas school districts.

By eg blogger on 9/25/2011 6:27 AM

In a recent article from the Arizona Republic, several experts analyzed the tax situation in Arizona to determine why Arizona is currently struggling with its finances.  During the 1990s, the Arizona legislature effectively got out of the property tax business for residential properties.  When asked whether Arizona made a mistake doing so, each of the experts agreed that effectively limiting the state property tax was a mistake.

By eg blogger on 9/23/2011 2:00 PM

On November 8, 2011, the people of Texas will be voting on constitutional amendments proposed by the Texas Legislature in the 82nd Legislature.  Of the ten proposals, two (Propositions 1 and 8) are specifically related to property tax.  Proposition 1 amends the Texas Constitution to allow the Texas Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.  Proposition 8 amends the Texas Constitution by requiring the Texas Legislature to provide open space valuation for land devoted to water stewardship and conservation.

By eg blogger on 9/20/2011 9:02 AM
Property owners that suffer casualty losses due to natural disasters may get some relief from Bastrop County, but not all area taxing entities may choose to help.  Even if no re-appraisal happens, the tax code contains other options that can ease the burden for disaster victims. 
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