“Great News!” Travis County Meets To Discuss Protesting Tax Appraisals

First off, thanks to everyone who attended last weeks’ Community Forum on Tax Appraisals. The overflow crowd at the First Unitarian church sent a loud message that we want a fair appraisal process. As the representative from Real Values for Texas (http://realvaluesfortexas.org/) made clear, Texas’ tax appraisal process is broken. The legislature created loopholes that allow commercial property to be appraised far below sales price or market value.

Two specific commercial property examples show how unfair the process is compared to residential appraisals. The Driskill hotel sold in 2013 for $85 million and was appraised that same year for $39.6 million; Northcross Mall sold in 2013 for $61.5 million and was appraised that same year for $28.8 million. Commercial property appraised at only 47% of it’s value is simply not fair.

So here’s the big news: The Travis County Commissioners Court seems to share our concern and has called a special meeting for this Monday, June 2nd, to vote to protest the appraisals!! The meeting will be at 1:30 pm at the Travis County Administration Building at 700 Lavaca on the first floor, Commissioners meeting room. Here’s the posting for Monday’s meeting: http://www.co.travis.tx.us/commissioners_court/agendas/2014/06/vs140602.asp

If you can attend and testify, (briefly and politely!), that will help underscore the severity of this problem. We can also assume that commercial property interests will attend and will urge no action, so it’s important that homeowners show up. Feel free to share this information on neighborhood ListServes, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Also the general deadline for filing individual protest is June 2nd (but check your appraisal notice for your deadline--your specific deadline is printed on your notice).

Finally, the folks from Real Values for Texas are willing to meet with anyone who’s interested to see what can be done to encourage the legislature and other levels of government to fix this problem. If you are interested in meeting with them sometime in June please let Diane know at: [email protected]

Thanks for your concern and your civic participation--if we keep showing up on this issue, we can make a difference!
Brigid Shea 
June 02, 2014 at 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Travis County Administration Building
700 Lavaca St 1st Floor
Commissioners Courtroom
Austin, TX 78701
United States
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Diane Counts ·

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