From: John Cavenah <email@example.com>
To: executive.director <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: mary.Winston <mary.Winston@tdlr.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, Jul 27, 2014 9:03 am
EXEMPTIONS_UNDER_20_ACRES.doc (20K),CITY_LIMIT_AG.docx (38K)
The following statements are copied from the TDLR website as written there. I think they are a bad joke.
By John E. (Jack) Cavenah Sr.–
Our local school systems are financed through the collection of property taxes on the basis of Value as appraised by the Parker County Appraisal District (PCAD). The same is true of our county roads, community colleges, regional hospital districts, EMS districts, volunteer fire departments in the form of subsidies, and many other services too numerous to mention here. This is not cheap as you very well know each time you look at your appraisal and write the check for the payment of the taxes on your property.
Why then would the PCAD Chief Appraiser allow an agricultural exemption to be “passed” from one owner to another when property changes ownership? (in direct violation of state mandated guidelines) This causes Parker County to lose millions of dollars in lost revenue each and every year. This Chief appraiser also has granted appraisal reductions amounting to many millions of dollars in lost revenue, at a time when according to Texas State Property Publications indicate property in Parker and surrounding counties is increasing in value at a rate far surpassing the rest of the state. See link below.
by Frank Williford
A public hearing on county tax increase is scheduled for September 15, 2010. This will be the first of two hearings as required by state statue.
It seems clear the County Commissioners are considering a substantial tax increase. I started to wonder why? Have the Commissioners not heard how tough economic conditions presently are and how we are all going to be hit with large additional tax increases as a result of congressional activity in Washington?
The average home value in the county increased by more than one percent in the past year. The State Comptroller’s Office website has this to say about the effective tax rate imposed by counties. “The effective tax rate should be kept at about the same level as the prior year. If property values increase, then the tax rate should decrease. If property values decrease, then the tax rate should increase.” This seems easy enough to understand. I started to wonder why, then, the County Commissioners would be considering a tax increase on the average home of from 3.36 percent to 9.31 percent in dollar terms. After all dollars are what matter no matter how the planned increase is presented.