By John E. (Jack) Cavenah Sr.
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:
Do the right thing for the citizens of Parker County and clean this mess up.
John E. (Jack) Cavenah Sr.