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Local state senator re-files tax appraisal reform bill

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Senator Jane Nelson

A local state senator re-filed a bill Monday to reduce the tax burden on Texas homeowners, according to a news release.

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, filed SB 21 to reform the property tax appraisal process.

“Homeowners in Texas are shouldering a significant share of the tax burden,” Nelson said in a prepared statement. “We need to reduce this burden and ensure that taxpayers are treated fairly in the appraisal process. This legislation will strengthen the rights of taxpayers and make the appraisal process fair, accountable and more transparent.”

According to the news release from Nelson’s office, key provisions of SB 21 amend the Tax Code to:

  • Increase education requirements for Appraisal Review Board (ARB) members and arbitrators and require the Comptroller to establish and supervise a training program for arbitrators;
  • Expand ways for taxpayers to provide feedback of their experience with the ARB;
  • Establish term limits for ARB members in larger counties; and
  • Prohibit ARBs from raising a property’s appraised value above the amount in the notification and require that protest hearing orders be issued within 15 days.

Nelson is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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  • mike t

    As a D Veteran 100% I pay 0 Tax’s but ea. year my home tax’s on our site go up? Why. My date was 2013.

  • texasranger

    One thing that needs to be addressed is the opportunity for negatively impacting the tax rolls by using those with frozen taxes as “judas goats” by increasing the appraised value of their homes more than surrounding homes. I’ve been told, “it doesn’t matter the amount it is raised, you won’t be paying more.” But next year my neighbors will have to deal with a higher value on my and other frozen properties as comps against their property. Simple answer is to remove the frozen properties from the active roles and show them as frozen, but without a current year value. Appraisers need not appraise frozen properties unless a visible external change has been made. Would reduce the work load on the appraisers, would remove the temptation to adjust upward by the scenario I outlined above. I don’t know if this is being done, but it is too much of a temptation for me to believe it isn’t in some of the counties.

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