Analysis: Property Tax Irritation Includes Fairness Question

While some in Texas politics would like to abolish property taxes, there are constant efforts to overhaul them, like the percolating effort to raise valuations of supposedly undervalued business properties in the state.

It is not a new idea, but there is a new push for higher appraised values on commercial and industrial property. Previous protests along these lines have focused on fairness — on whether homeowners are getting the same deals that commercial owners are getting from local appraisal agencies. The latest such effort, calling itself “Real Values for Texas,” seems aimed more at putting money into schools and other ...

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