property taxes

During this year’s legislative session, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price was among scores of city leaders who actively opposed yet another series of attempts by state officials to limit how much money local governments collect. But with lawmakers determined to reform the local property tax process, she and other mayors had little luck fighting off what many city officials considered attacks on local control.

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The chambers will need to negotiate how to give teachers pay raises, whether to adjust how students take standardized tests and how to provide long-term property tax relief for Texans.

From The Texas Tribune:

Texas Legislature 2019

Showing their usual united front, the state’s “Big Three” political leaders on Friday tried to remake their case for why the Texas Legislature should deliver on long-term, ongoing property tax relief before the session wraps up this month.

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Texas Republican leaders promised to pass property tax reform legislation during this session, and it appears they’ve kept their promise—that is, if you live in on of Texas’s big cities or more populous counties. But if you live in a rural West Texas town, you may be out of luck.

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Cities, school districts and other local governments can provide discounts on property tax bills through the homestead exemption process. But not all Texans qualify for every exemption.

From The Texas Tribune:

Hey Texplainer: Which homeowners qualify for property tax relief?

A roiling debate over how to assess big box stores — their worth when occupied, or their value as vacant properties — could upend property tax systems across Kansas.

At the heart is the “dark store theory,” as critics call the strategy. It contends property valuations should look at what an empty store could fetch on the open market.

That would dramatically cut their property tax bills, forcing county and local governments either to get by on smaller budgets or shift a heavier burden to other property owners.

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The League of Kansas Municipalities is planning to push legislation that would allow greater flexibility in increasing property taxes without first seeking voter approval.

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Marijuana sales taxes could rise as much as 50 percent if the Colorado Legislature approves a measure proposed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday to help bridge the gap in school funding.

Amarillo voters approve two bond propositions

Nov 14, 2016
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Amarillo voters approved two of seven capital improvement bond proposals in last week’s election.

Voters approved propositions to improve Amarillo streets and public safety.

Property Taxes Ranked by State

Mar 11, 2016
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The average American household spends over $2,000 on real-estate property taxes each year. So, it should come as no surprise that almost $12 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year. The economic website Wallethub recently ranked states according to how high their real estate taxes are.

In Texas, Property Tax Relief Comes at a Cost

Oct 13, 2015
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Texan voters are likely to approve a constitutional amendment next month that will provide a bit of relief from property taxes, according to The Texas Observer. The measure is expected to save homeowners’ property an estimated $126 per year on average—but it comes with its own price tag.