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Texas Property Tax Law Updates 4/5/2024

Posted by John Brusniak | Apr 05, 2024 | 0 Comments

Texas counties, cities embrace new child care center tax credit
The Texas Tribune
Its reach is limited to just a fraction of the providers in the state, but the exemption will be a boon for owners who can take advantage of it, supporters say — so the push is on to make the tax credit available to “as many as possible, as quickly as possible” said Kim Kofron, senior director of education for Children at Risk, a nonprofit advocacy group in Texas.

Tarrant appraisal ransomware attack: Officials offer first statement on criminal investigation
Fort Worth Report
The Tarrant Appraisal District found that less than 300 individuals had sensitive information impacted by a recent ransomware attack. While the criminal investigation is still ongoing, the appraisal district board and staff are “galvanized” to improve the safety and security of the district's systems, board chair Vince Puente said.

Solar Farm's Property Tax Deal Was Rightly Revoked, Texas Argues
Bloomberg Law
Texas was within its rights to revoke a property tax break for a $520 million solar farm after discovering that the owner wasn't registered as a taxpayer in the state, Comptroller Glenn Hegar told an appeals court. ENGIE IR Holdings LLC and the Hamlin Collegiate Independent School District appealed the dismissal of their suit challenging Hegar's invalidation of their agreement to bring the project to the district.

Over $100k in property taxes allegedly zeroed out in Zapata County, elected officials accused of benefitting from personal relationships
Alleged wiped-out property tax accounts are now being reinstated with penalties and fees, but not until some pointed out discrepancies that were uncovered the issues a while back. It's a discrepancy the Zapata County judge and current Tax Assessor-Collector Delia Mendoza said they have been trying to get answers to for years. With a lack of answers or assistance from state and federal agencies, they are bringing attention to it themselves.

Bexar County home appraisals are up, but not eye-popping
Unlike the past few years, most Bexar County homeowners will be able to open their new property appraisals next week without freaking out. On average, residential valuations are up 2.44%, according to figures obtained from the Bexar County Appraisal District. That's a far cry from the near-16% increase last year and the 28% jump in 2022.

Gregg County property appraisal increases won't be as high as recent years
The good news coming out of the Gregg County Appraisal District this month is that appraisal values aren't expected to increase as much as they have in the past couple of years. Property appraisals will go out April 12, said Chief Appraiser Mark Cormier.

About the Author

John Brusniak

John Brusniak is the dean of Texas property tax litigation.  He was licensed to practice law in 1976,   His early career involved general litigation and appellate work in both the federal and state courts until he was handed his first property tax matter.  It arose prior to the implementatio...


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