This from Opinion Arlington: Recently the Arlington City Council increased our property taxes despite taxes already being higher than they should be. One lady, speaking before City Council last Tuesday, said the property tax on one of her rental homes has gone up 75% since 2012. The Council will tell you it was the appraisal district that increased your property taxes. That’s not true. All the appraisal district does is establish property values. When values go up, city leaders can keep the current property tax rate (which results in a tax increase), or they can adjust the rate to offset the higher evaluations (no tax increase). The Council opted for higher taxes. Now millions you would have spent in our local economy on things you want and need will instead go to pay for more and bigger government—bike lanes, a Jerry Jones golf course, road diets, red light cameras, (now gone, but no thanks to the Council), skateboard parks (30), high density apartments, a new vanity council chamber, an unnecessary new library building and, above all, an ever-growing list of schemes that transfer millions of your dollars to the pockets of millionaire developers.
Fortunately for the citizens of Arlington and Texas, we are getting more and more conservatives representing us at the state level, folks like our own Konni Burton and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. They and other like-minded leaders are trying to do something about excessive property taxes. But to accomplish positive change, they need your input; they need your help. We here at Opinion Arlington will be at the April 27th property tax relief meeting at UTA. So Will Rep. Burton. We hope you will be there, too. A few choice words from you may well save you thousands of dollars in the years to come.
April 13, 2016 by Konni Burton
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has appointed a Select Committee of the Texas Senate to tackle the issue of property tax reform and relief and it’s coming to Arlington! As you know, last session, we increased the Homestead Exemption on local school taxes by $10,000. While I am extremely pleased we were able to provide homeowners some relief, there is still much more to be done to fix the unsustainable system we are currently using.
As my friend and colleague, Sen. Van Taylor has pointed out, the math is simple: according to the Texas Comptroller, between 2005 and 2014, property taxes increased more than two and a half times faster than the median household income. We need real reform; Texans cannot wait.
Here is how you can help! Attend this hearing in Arlington, fill out a witness card, and when called upon to speak, provide public testimony letting the committee members know your personal experience as a homeowner and taxpayer in Texas. The committee needs to hear your voices.
The hearing is Wednesday, April 27th, beginning at 10:00 a.m., and will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington (E.H. Hereford University Center, Rosebud Theatre, 300 West First St., Arlington, TX 76019).
Also, please share this information with fellow homeowners. This Select Committee is traveling the state, and we need to make sure citizens know about this opportunity to participate!