by Jack Cavenah
Simple solution: Convince PCAD Board of Directors to institute reasonable requirements for ag exemptions to eliminate “hobby farmers. Join me at their board meeting on the 19th of August at 2:30 pm, and state your case along with me.
Here is some research I just completed:
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 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.