Posted on · After a proposal to give a property tax exemption to Purple Heart recipients hit a snag on the House floor Monday, a committee considered a more radical idea: eliminating school district property taxes altogether.
Posted on · The House gave the nod to a measure aimed at making it easier for Texas homeowners to appeal when their tax bills rise
Posted on · Texas legislators would love to lower your property taxes, but none of the proposals they're considering in the special session would do that.
Posted on · A bill (HB 1938) recently filed by State Representative Jason Villalba of Dallas would automatically make Texans organ donors — unless they opt out. The bill would apply to first-time driver's license applicants and renewals who are 18 and over. Unless they specifically opt out on the form, citizens would automatically be added to organ […]
Posted on · You've probably received your property tax estimate, and perhaps you’ve disputed the amount. We talk with Scott Hochberg, a former state representative who served on the public education committee, about what your taxes pay for when it comes to schools. And we also speak with State Sen. Paul Bettencourt about the recent legislative changes to […]
Posted on · Recently Texas made national headlines for the states' new Mexican-American Heritage textbook. The book was much anticipated by some — after heated discussions in 2014. However, the response to the published book from the Mexican-American community wasn't exactly what the Texas Education Agency was hoping for. Tony Diaz, writer and activist with El Librotraficante, told […]
Posted on · Hosts/Commentators, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus discuss the state of the city’s finances and budget concerns.
Posted on · This is the time of year the Harris County Appraisal District sends out appraisal notices to property owners. Those valuations have been on the rise in recent years, prompting Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan to offer a series of property tax workshops to explain how those taxes are valued and collected. Sullivan joins us, […]
Posted on · Earlier this month, City Council voted to expand the Midtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone to cover the Museum District, The Menil Collection and the University of St. Thomas. Is that a good thing or a bad thing for the area? Well, to answer that question, you need to know what a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone […]
Posted on · When Bill White was mayor, Houstonians approved a cap on the amount of revenue the city of Houston can amass each year. While the cap — tied to the combined rates of inflation and population growth — is designed to encourage fiscal responsibility, it’s placed the city in a bit of a bind, forcing property […]
Posted on · News 88.7 looks at how the process of filing a tax protest works in Harris County.
Posted on · Many homeowners in Harris County may still be reeling from a property appraisal notice they recently received in the mail. Officials say about 90 percent of Harris County saw an increase in their property value. Of course, that also means a hike in taxes. To discuss why home values have gone up, and how Harris […]
Posted on · The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a study about the federal government's proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Their assessment: doom and gloom, lost jobs, and rolling blackouts throughout the state. But others say the plan is positive, forward-thinking and the criticisms are overblown. On this edition […]
Posted on · Tyler Republican State Sen. Kevin Eltife is working to build support for a combination of bills he believes will provide both a property tax cut and set a path to spend money on deferred road maintenance and paying off some pension liabilities, among other state needs. Eltife argues that while the state is unusually flush […]
Posted on · Tyler Republican State Sen. Kevin Eltife is working to build support for a combination of bills he believes will provide both a property tax cut and set a path to spend money on deferred road maintenance and paying off some pension liabilities, among other state needs. Eltife argues that while the state is unusually […]