|Where's the property tax relief
David W. Tuthill
Where is our tax relief? Last year two important non-events
First, the legislature in special session enacted
school reform that was promised to provide some degree of tax relief to
homeowners on their property tax bills.
Second, a non-binding referendum in the
Republican primary was overwhelmingly
approved stating citizens wanted a 5%
cap on the amount local appraisal districts can raise the value of your home per
I say "non-events"
because, according to the appraisal district,
I will be paying $761.97 more this year than
they aren?t finished with me yet. They increased
the value of my home of 12 years 35% in ONE YEAR!
The $761.97 reflects the amount of increase just this year (caped at 10%
per year)! I get to look forward to this again
next year, too.
Looking at past tax increases, there were several
periods when the appraisal district left
you alone for one or two years. However, I have
been dinged by them every year for the last 4 years. By
the time I reach 65 and get at least the school portion of my tax bill frozen
(at an unmanageable value and tax burden,) I will have
effectively been taxed out of my home and the city of Dallas!
When you go down to fight your appraisal, if you have the time and skill, you
are accosted by smoke and mirrors on why they are correct in their valuation.
response to this problem has been to give homeowners
more smoke and mirrors, but not any tangible concrete
Why should I be forced to go through a song and dance of trying to fight
these people each and every year?
Of course, there
are developers speculating in the area.
Despite the housing slump,
they are building full speed ahead without any regards to record home
foreclosures in North Texas, market sustainability of
their oversized products or quality of their homes. Several
houses are vacant (purchased by builders or speculators) waiting to flip them
several times before they put an oversized McMansion on the
lot that will sit vacant for months until sold. Several
McMansions have been purchased only to be on the market again after less than a
year. Some seem to forever be on the market.
Oh yes, average homeowners
should pay for developers? speculation in more
property taxes. Or,
maybe we just should roll over and sell our homes to them and move out of the
city (after living here for over 46 years)!
What do we get from our tax dollars?
Not much the DISD is a multi-year
joke of scandals and non-compliance.
The City of Dallas is close behind with soaring crime rates and constant
abatements to developers and fluff projects (like suspension bridges over a
dried river bed). This is where
my tax dollars go.
David W. Tuthill