Much of my effort has been on less noticeable legislative changes that directly affect your property taxes and voter registration. Some are Texas sized reforms while others are minor improvements that will have significant impact. All are listed below:
The results of the recent Valero lawsuit raised new concerns for local governments and taxpayers. Petrochemical industries for years have outmaneuvered appraisal districts and in counties such as Galveston, millions have been expended in futile attempts to defend assessed values in the courts. With values lowered on major industrial properties, the rest of us have had to make up the shortfall in revenues.
A proposal has been presented that the Legislature fund an effort to insure the proper valuation of Texas’ industrial properties. The proposal, as drafted, could end the legal disputes and provide confidence that the rest of us are not paying more than our fair share.
Whatever your interest, get involved. The Texas Legislative website is very informative. Remember too, when it comes to politics, if you aren’t at the table, you may end up on the menu, so get involved!