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Feeling overvalued, Texans dispute rising property appraisals

By   /  May 24, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Watchdog found a group of San Antonio homeowners who received appraisal notices more than $100,000 over their recent purchase prices. Adding to the taxpayers’ angst, county appraisers had discounted the values of finished, unsold units held in developer inventory.

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Did city help launch ridesharing nonprofit?

By   /  May 23, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Jason Stanford, a spokesman for Adler, said today in an e-mail, “The mayor has not been working with RideAustin, and he has not asked Crossover to do anything for RideAustin. He has put out a call for anyone and everyone to fill the market.”

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Will Arlington taxpayers play ball again?

By   /  May 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Texas  /  No Comments

For the third time in 25 years, Arlington wants to hit up taxpayers for a new stadium.

The $900 million ballgame in Arlington isn’t set to begin until 1:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, but already the boo-birds are out in full force. All of the outrage probably won’t matter. It looks as though Arlington city officials have already made up their mind to commit at least $450 million of taxpayer money to […]

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Lawsuits peel back San Antonio property appraisals, but homeowners still pay

By   /  May 20, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Property owners sued Bexar County over $19.4 billion in appraisal disputes last year, more than double the amount litigated in 2012.

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High Court upholds Texas school funding – then rips it

By   /  May 17, 2016  /  Education, Judiciary, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Texas Supreme Court slapped down charter schools in a ruling that keeps the state’s “ossified” school finance system intact … for now.

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Whither the Sunset Advisory Commission?

By   /  May 13, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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One of the hardiest perennials in Texas bloomed again this week. The Sunset Advisory Commission thinks it’s time to change the name of the Railroad Commission. Most Texans wondered why the state hadn’t done it long ago. It is common knowledge, even among those whose lives don’t revolve around every turn of the political screw […]

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