Down the Ballot

Down the Ballot

If you’re the type who pays taxes and moves along whistling a happy tune, great. If you’re the type who pays taxes but wants to know who to hold accountable if those tax dollars are spent in a way with which you disagree, you need to get educated before you vote. Continue reading

Austin ISD Latest Culprit in Tax Hike Craze

Austin ISD Latest Culprit in Tax Hike Craze

Tonight, any minute now, the board of the Austin Independent School District will vote on a $1.1 billion budget.  The average homeowner will pay another $168 per year in property taxes (this in spite of AISD’s shrinking enrollment). The Statesman broke down the tax reality for AISD taxpayers (emphasis mine): Proposed tax rate: $1.202 per … Continue reading

School Finance Case Hits TX Supreme Court Tuesday

School Finance Case Hits TX Supreme Court Tuesday

The constitutionality of Texas’ school finance system is being challenged in court, and this is the kind of thing that Texans need to pay attention to but so rarely do.  Last year, it was declared that the property tax system used to finance Texas schools is essentially a statewide property tax, and is therefore unconstitutional. … Continue reading

Why Should Appraisals Be a Hotter Topic Than Taxes Themselves?

Why Should Appraisals Be a Hotter Topic Than Taxes Themselves?

From Quorum Report: “The complaints that people have about property taxes are not about rising appraisals or an unfair system,” [Austin Attorney Jim] Popp said. “From the homeowner’s perspective, they’re simply paying too much in property taxes. That’s an entirely different policy discussion than the system is not working or appraisals are rising too fast.” … Continue reading

City sues state over “unfair appraisals”

City sues state over “unfair appraisals”

Oh, this is just so ridiculous. The lawsuit, stemming from a petition the city filed in June to the Travis Central Appraisal District, contends that the appraised values of billions of dollars in commercial and vacant land do not match market prices, a violation of requirements in the state’s Constitution that all property be taxed … Continue reading

Non-Partisan Candidate Guides (for the “rest of us”)

The Travis County Republican Party put together candidate guides for several non-partisan races in Travis County (meaning the Austin City Council races, Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, Del Valle ISD, and Austin Community College).  If you have not yet voted and need some information on the down-ballot non-partisan races, please check this out.  Note that … Continue reading

The Case Against the Pending Transportation Cluster@#%!

By now, you’ve likely seen the vaguely offensive and certainly motivating signs around town proclaiming our traffic situation to be a “cluster@#%!,” as though none of us is aware of it.  And the signs include, of course, the usual “Vote YES!” slogan for the city’s Proposition 1 (*) without any indication of what Proposition 1 … Continue reading