Open Letter to Parker County Government Officials

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By John E. (Jack) Cavenah Sr.

Sirs,

As the acting governmental body for all of Parker County, your small group has a tremendous amount of responsibility for, and influence over, every County Agency in this county. I am asking you to use that influence and responsibility to have an independent, outside audit done on the questionable actions of the Parker County Tax Appraisal District.

Rampant abuse of the awarding of agricultural exemptions to people who raise no crops, run no livestock, or produce a saleable ag. product for a profit seems to be standard operating procedure for PCAD.

Devalue of property for no apparent reason in a time when land prices are continuing to rise, “passing” an existing ag. exemption to the new owner when property changes ownership, without requiring the new owner to submit a new application, are practices that are costing honest Parker County residents millions of dollars in lost revenue.

One person’s tax break is another person’s tax burden.

The money to operate this county has to come from somewhere, but subsidizing “hobby farmers” is not a fair and equitable tax collection system, which is guaranteed by the Texas Constitution.

Please take a few minutes to go over the figures in the files I have attached, and ask yourself if they don’t smack of abuse or malfeasance:

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Alphabet AG

Basic Facts of How We Are Unfairly Taxed

HOLLY RIDGE and WHITE SETTLEMENT RD

Do the right thing for the citizens of Parker County and clean this mess up.

Respectfully,

John E. (Jack) Cavenah Sr.

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3 responses

  1. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    Jack – thanks for your great homework. I could only wish ALL elected office holders would be scrutinized herein – Judges, commissioners, sheriff , state rep , ….any and every county and city employee compensated from taxpayer funds.

    “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety,
    prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor,
    or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.”
    — John Adams

    “Written laws are like spiders’ webs, and will
    like them only Entangle and hold the poor and
    weak, while the rich and powerful will easily
    break through them”
    ANACHARSIS- Scythian philosopher (fl. 600 BC)

  2. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    Jack- of course my remarks above are relevant in dealing with the CURRENT, oppressive ( and obviously inequitable ) system under which we all live.

    The real SOLUTION is to entirely abolish the property tax system in Texas. No longer would a property owner be subject to losing his/her real estate to back taxes.

    We could abolish the office and employees of Tax Assessor & PCAD, by eliminating the property tax system. TRUE conservatives are seeking such.

    Home > News > State > State Headlines
    Conservatives urge state to abolish property taxes

    By SOMMER INGRAM

    Austin Bureau

    singram@dallasnews.com

    Published: 03 May 2012 11:32 PM

    Updated: 03 May 2012 11:32 PM

    AUSTIN — Conservative groups urged Texas lawmakers Thursday to do away with property taxes — a major source of funding for school districts and cities — and make up the loss through the sales tax and other means.

    Such a change would drastically revamp the entire state tax system and, with no state income tax, probably give Texas the highest sales tax in the nation. It’s unlikely to happen any time soon, given the stakes. But activist groups told the House Ways and Means Committee that the property tax is broken and hurting Texas by infringing on property rights.

    Former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina presented members with petitions from about 6,000 constituents calling for an end to property taxes.

    “Only the property tax causes us to be squatters in our own homes,” Medina said. “The property tax is broken, it is not fixable and we’d do well to be rid of it entirely. If we’re to have a prayer of achieving that prosperous economy we boast we have, we must get rid of it.”

    Committee chairman Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, said he would like to see the Legislature move toward getting rid of the property tax, but he cautioned that the committee hadn’t been presented with enough information to take definitive action. Lawmakers are studying issues and will recommend action for the Legislature’s next session, which starts early next year.

    “A lot of Texans want to see us do something dramatic about property taxes,” Hilderbran said. “Property taxes are our biggest barrier in the tax code to economic development. The challenge is finding the right mix to replace it with and understanding the options. If enough of it is good, I’m certainly interested in pursuing this.”

    Property taxes help fund roads, police and other services, and school districts get about 38 percent of their revenue from them. The state would have to make up a significant portion of that revenue or allow school districts to collect sales tax, which they currently cannot do.

    Some groups, including the influential conservative think tank the Texas Public Policy Foundation, have proposed either increasing the state sales tax rate of 6.25 percent or making the tax apply to more items. Currently, purchases such as food and medicine are not taxed.

    But the state’s chief revenue estimator told committee members that the sales tax has been more volatile than the property tax because of fluctuations in the economy.

    Hilderbran cautioned that political consensus would be important so the state doesn’t repeat the mistake of several years ago. A 2006 tax swap plan, designed to lighten the property tax burden, didn’t produce enough revenue to make up for what schools lost, forcing the state to fund the difference.

    “We all know there’s a problem there, but many of the solutions have basically been a new set of problems,” he said. “So we’ve really got to understand the options on this, and I don’t think we heard all of the options today.”

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