Only by a collective protest from the majority can we get reform to make our Property Taxes fair and equitable. Several elected officials are on board to push for reform. Many articles have been published condemning the current and calling for change. Below is one of many Dailey News articles on the issue. Please read and decide if you can support the effort.
If you want to support Property Tax reform it cost nothing but will take time and effort to compose your thoughts and submit an article to the Galveston News. The Daily News and this message board are the only way to generate a collective call for reform.
Each of us, year after year, individually protesting and appealing our APPRAISAL successfully getting reduction is the psychology game of appeasement (I got a happy result). Read the article and note the percentage of successful appeals and that alone reveals the system is abusive.
Collectively “WE THE PEOPLE” have no megaphone when the 4th Estate (Daily News) does not take up and champion the issues. Consequently you and I must join collectively and apply pressure any way we can.
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Article published in the Daily News
Title Central Appraisal District Critiqued
The purpose of this article is the rejection of 2020 CAD appraisals and property tax. And to set the 2019 property tax amount due as the levied amount for 3 years. During that 3 years fixed period the CAD appraisal methods and operations are revised.
Reviews of statutes indicate there is no obstruction to revising the frequency of appraisals from ANNUAL. Tax revenue/collections will not be interrupted.
The Statute(s) relative to Property tax appraisal FREQUENCY says:
• “Tax Code Section 25.18 Sec. 25.18. PERIODIC REAPPRAISALS. (a) Each appraisal office shall implement the plan for the periodic reappraisal of property approved by the board of directors under Section 6.05(i) requires appraisal districts to reappraise all property in its jurisdiction at least ONCE EVERY 3 years. ...
• Sec. 23.01. APPRAISALS GENERALLY. (a) Except as otherwise provided by this chapter, all taxable property is appraised at its market value as of January 1.
*Board approval for reset of PERIODIC to 3 years is sufficient to comply with statutes. The January 1 provision of Sec. 23.01 is not specific as to EACH or ANY subsequent “January 1” year(s). Ergo a January 1 within a 3-year interim is satisfactory for 23.01 compliance.
From public reactions and comments by elected officials the current operations/results of the GCAD are considered abusive and excessive. It is abusive most to long term inhabitants/owners that have no means to maintain their property in pristine MARKETABLE condition or INTENT to sale. Excess in the appraisal amounts is proven by the high percentage of appeals and that the MAJORITY is successful in lowering) that current methods of appraisals are flawed.
An entire cottage industry has grown that assists/perform the appeals for fees. APPEAL SERVICE charges a fee (usually 35%) of the reduced appraisal amount. That fee, paid by the property owners, is a penalty caused by CAD's widely accepted tendency for excessive appraisals.
The long term inhabitants and those with non-income producing property are those most abused by the current CAD methods. Limited resource individuals have been forced out of their property by taxes, on, to frequent occasions.
The annual GCAD budget is $6, 500, 000.00. The 3-year suspension of producing the appraisal statements will free significant amounts of the CAD budget to be used in the REVISION project (IE. annual $750,000.00 in legal fees among several other line items will free funds to be applied to the costs of REVISION (study, definition, and implementation).
Since inter-governmental oversight has been ineffective (no correcting actions initiated by the county court, the board of directors, or the state comptroller) it is justifiable that a panel of qualified citizens with accounting, operation, and automation disciplines be allowed consultation/oversight on the revision project. A monthly report with an evaluation of PROGRESS will be published during revision.
Upon restart of appraisal operations a monthly evaluation of OPERATIONS will be published.
Now, let the public and politicians comments flow.