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

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

Proposition 9

Proposition 9:  SJR 42 by Huffman   The Texas Constitution creates the State Commission on Judicial Conduct which is responsible for ensuring Texas judges comply with constitutional standards of conduct.  Current law only allows for the commission to issue an order of public censure of a judge after a formal proceeding.  The constitutional amendment will … Continue reading