After months of investigation, the city auditor found there is no complete inventory of records.
Taxed enough already? Higher property tax burdens may be on your May 4 local election ballot in the form of millions in new tax-supported debt.
Place 2 candidate Vanessa Steinkamp’s claims of conservatism conflict with personal messages.
Democrat candidate for presidential nomination inserts himself into Fort Worth politics in Democrats’ latest play to turn Texas blue in 2020.
One cross per child, one rose per woman.
In their most recent attempt to discourage community engagement, Amarillo City Council has decided to stop broadcasting the public comment period of city council meetings.
Local taxpayer holds Plano City Council members accountable for campaign promises.
School districts across the DFW Metroplex passed property tax increases in low-turnout special elections Saturday.
A federal court granted a motion for continuance for a former South Texas Judge charged with bribery.
A new report is at odds with the mayor’s claims that pay parity will have a negative impact on pension reform.
If these radical left-wing doctrines can infect and destroy the traditional, conservative culture of Baylor, they can, and will do so at every college and university across the country.
All positions up will be contested for the first time in years.
Waco bureaucrats dig up a ridiculous ordinance to shutdown scooter-share companies.
Austin attorney argues that homosexual marriage precedent renders Texas’ no-fault divorce law unconstitutional.
Nearly 1,000 Republicans rallied at a GOP Victory 2018 event to Keep Texas Strong.
In Dallas County, total property values are up 16 percent, with about half of that attributable to increases on existing properties, according to a Dallas Morning News report.
Although Collin County has not posted 2007 average home values yet, the Dallas Morning News reports that total appraisals are up 47 percent in Celina , 38.9 percent in Prosper, and 30.3 percent in Melissa, all of which are in the northern part of the county. Assuming half is due to new construction, that is still 15 to 24 percent increases in average home value.
If you've ever been to Hitchcock, which is situated in the shadows of Texas City and its effusive refineries, despite the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, you might be forgiven for not having thought you were in Palm Beach. Hitchcock may not seem like a ritzy resort rolling in money, but don't tell that to the Galveston County Tax Appraiser. It turns out that property values in Hitchcock are increasing by 27.41 percent this year, according to a Galveston Daily News report.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that many small business owners around the state are facing huge bills due under the new state gross receipts tax which starts in 2007, with the first payment to the state due by May 2008. The article notes that many firms are seeing a tenfold increase in tax due as compared with the franchise tax, which it replaces.
The Texas Department of Agriculture will this Sunday serve up a heain' helpin' of taxpayer dollars as the chief sponsor of an artsy "wine dinner" in Austin. Were you invited? Me, either…
According to a Dallas Business Journal article , the owners of several Dallas-area shopping centers, including Highland Park Village and Preston Trail Plaza, are suing the Dallas Central Appraisal District and the Dallas Appraisal Review Board, saying the method the entities use to calculate tax appraisals violates the Texas Constitution.
Besides just bad philosophy, one of the worst contributors to government growth is our misplaced emphasis on defining success by activity. When you stand on the plains and look to the horizon, a great cloud of dust can be either an army purposefully on the move, or a lone idiot riding his horse in circles.Â
Too often, we are just interested in seeing a great cloud of dust, and not interested enough in the results. In every debate in Austin (and in Washington) the discussion centers too much on "how much we have/are/will spend" and not nearly enough on "what we have/are/will accomplish."
Found thisÂ revealing tidbit on the Austin American-Statesman's entertainmentÂ pages:Â
Those hotel occupancy taxes in Texasâ€™ big cities are so high theyâ€™ll give you a nosebleed. Example: My $279 stay at the lovely Granduca Hotel in Houston a few days ago carried $46.93 in occupancy tax: Thatâ€™s 6 percent for the great State of Texas, 7 percent for the city, 2 percent for Harris County and another 2 percent for the Houston-Harris County Sports Authority, the entity that builds stadiums.
There was once a time when Republicans were known as the tax-cutters; people who â€“ if nothing else â€“ would work to make sure the taxpayersâ€™ money stayed in the taxpayersâ€™ wallet (as State Rep. Rob Eissler likes to say).
That was then, this is now. State Rep. Fred Hill (R-Richardson) wants to raise your local taxes. Sure, he wants to start with the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But donâ€™t worry; this new tax will spread like a virus to every city in Texas. He is pushing a bill to let those cities raise their sales tax to fund mass transit. (Never mind that mass transit is usually spelled â€œB-O-O-N-D-O-G-G-L-E.â€ or, in the original French, â€œP-O-R-Kâ€)
The McAllen Monitor reported that the new $150 billion House budget for the 2008-09 biennium includes some arguably pork barrel expenditures – most of those mentioned are earmarks for projects in the Rio Grande Valley. Among the taxpayer-funded projects mentioned are:
The Lone Star Report brings us the following good news:
The House Regulated Industries committee unanimously voted Feb. 21 to eliminate the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF). The tax on consumersâ€™ phone bill was created in 1995 to help wire schools, libraries and colleges for the Internet. TIF was supposed to end after 10 years or after it raised $1.5 billion, whichever came first. However in 2005, the Legislature removed the taxâ€™s expiration date. Since 2003, the tax was used to fund general revenue and is no longer used for its original purpose.