Title to property owned by BISD within Bevil Oaks will transfer to H-JISD, and the district will assume any BISD bond debt allocated to it by Jefferson County Commissioners. H-JISD will assume jurisdiction of the annexed territory for all other purposes, according to a Beaumont ISD spokesperson. view article arw

Children living in Bevil Oaks will attend Hardin-Jefferson ISD this fall after Beaumont ISD agreed this week to release the students, ending a decades-long effort by the small city to leave the largest school district in Southeast Texas. Beaumont ISD reached an agreement with petitioners this week, releasing Bevil Oaks' students and tax dollars to Hardin-Jefferson ISD. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath approved the detachment in an order signed on Monday. view article arw

Imagine: You own a business. You love what you do, the opportunity to employ people, and satisfying customers. But the cost of doing business is escalating as local property taxes increase. Down the road, a large corporation started construction of a new building. They considered other locations before choosing your community. That corporation received a tax abatement with the school district. That means for 10 years, they will pay only a small portion of taxes due without abatement. Meanwhile, your business does not benefit from a tax abatement, and you will likely pay higher property taxes every year. Even worse, that new corporation may compete directly or indirectly with your business. view article arw

When the Texas Legislature reduces appropriations to school districts, each dollar we pay in higher local school property taxes counts for less.  The Texas Commission on Public School Finance should review how drastically reduced state funding for school districts creates pass-through property tax hikes whose value benefits the state budget rather than the 5 million children in Texas school districts. view article arw

Final judgment was entered Wednesday in a Gregg County court where the fate of about $4 million in Kilgore ISD tax payments remains in limbo. Court at Law No. 2 Judge Vincent Dulweber ruled in favor of two homeowners who paid their full tax in 2015 but sued on grounds that that year's school reform law made the formerly optional 20 percent homestead exemption mandatory. view article arw

With a myriad needs facing Ector County Independent School District, the board on Tuesday discussed the possibility of having a tax ratification election in June or September. The TRE trustees discussed it would be for 8 cents per $100 valuation, which would generate about $11 million and bring the total tax rate to $1.23 per $100 valuation. It is currently $1.15 per $100 valuation. view article arw

When the Texas Legislature reduces appropriations to school districts, each dollar we pay in higher local school property taxes counts for less. The Texas Commission on Public School Finance should review how drastically reduced state funding for school districts creates pass-through property tax hikes whose value benefits the state budget rather than 5 million children in Texas school districts. Our property values grow in Texas because our economy is booming. As market forces cause property values per student to rise, state aid declines for school districts. When the Texas Legislature doesn't maintain state aid, we pay higher local property taxes to yield the same amount of money to school districts, even as student enrollments, needs and expectations rise. view article arw

Solving the property tax paradox

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On the March 6 primary ballot, both the Republican and Democrat primaries have proposed planks that deal with education and education finance. Before we vote on these proposals, let’s reflect on the history of public-school finance and explore the challenges our current system faces along with the proposed changes.  Of the 13 grievances in the Texas Declaration of independence, a lack of public education was listed right in-between being denied the right to a jury trial, and the dissolving of the Texas Legislature by the Mexican army. We can certainly see how our founding fathers valued education.   view article arw

When the Texas Legislature reduces appropriations to school districts, each dollar we pay in higher local school property taxes counts for less. The Texas Commission on Public School Finance should review how drastically reduced state funding for school districts creates pass-through property tax hikes whose value benefits the state budget rather than 5 million children in Texas school districts. view article arw

Dale Craymer is right. In his Feb. 5 column “Bad Math: Replacing property taxes with higher sales taxes doesn’t add up for Texans,” he argues that raising the state’s sales tax rate to 23 percent in order to eliminate all local property taxes is “unrealistic.” Few could argue with that.  But something else that few should contest is that it’s unrealistic to continue to rely on homeowners and businesses to foot unsustainable increases in property tax bills. According to the Tax Foundation, Texas now has the sixth-highest property tax burden in the nation. view article arw

Property taxes are on the rise, and school leaders say it's because state funding for education isn't keeping up with current costs. College Station Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy joined First News at Four to discuss this issue that he says hits close to home. view article arw

Residents of The Woodlands whose homes flooded due to Hurricane Harvey are expected to pay their property taxes in full to Tomball ISD after the board of trustees voted against reappraising damaged homes. Timarron Lakes resident Elias Abraham asked the board to vote in favor of a resolution to reappraise damaged homes. Taxes levied by Tomball ISD range between $2,500 to $5,000. view article arw

Lemm Elementary School remains closed, six months after Harvey sent several inches of water into the building. Klein ISD set a target of the school reopening in time for the 2018-19 school year in August. However, some parents are questioning whether that is possible. view article arw

Texas state senators are touchy, touchy, touchy when it comes time to hand out blame for rising property taxes. They’ve spent a decade hacking away at the state’s share of public education spending, and their current refrain is that the local districts have run amok by raising property tax bills. view article arw

It’s no exaggeration to say that Texans don’t like paying property taxes, as we have some of the highest in the nation. Could we kiss those tax bills goodbye by modestly increasing the sales tax? That’s among the property tax relief options now floating around the Texas Capitol. If it sounds too good to be true — you’re right. Even a cursory look at the numbers shows that swapping property taxes for a higher sales tax is unrealistic. view article arw

The new federal tax plan implements temporary and permanent changes that will affect individuals, businesses, corporations and school districts in Spring and Klein. President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law Dec. 22, overhauling the nation’s tax code for the first time in decades. Many of the reform’s changes took effect immediately, including new federal income tax brackets, a lower corporate tax rate and tax deductions for small businesses. view article arw

A new residential community on the way east of Dallas will bring more than 1,000 new homes.  Longtime Dallas developer Wynne/Jackson plans to build the Overland Grove community in Forney on 336 acres on FM 548 between Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 80.  The $300 million project will have homes priced from $275,000 to $400,000. view article arw

Moody Independent School District officials are holding talks about a possible tax ratification election that could bring in a competitive increase to teacher salaries, more career and technology education opportunities, improved technology across the district and school buses. view article arw

Rising property taxes are a legitimate political issue, driven by what elected officials and aspiring officeholders hear from their angry constituents. Local governments are on the other side of this, however, hearing from those same voters  about deficiencies in schools and roads, crime protection and whatnot.  Reduced to its essence, the state is arguing about price. The locals are arguing about product. Prices — property taxes are the bane of the moment — are rising too quickly, the state contends, with voters cheering in the background. Those same voters, the local officials argue, are making demands for roads, hospitals, schools, police and other government services. view article arw

Gov. Greg Abbott's proposal to cap property tax revenue at 2.5 percent for school districts, cities and counties has a basic premise: "Provide one simple method by which taxpayers are protected from excessive increases in their tax burden." But the method for funding Texas school districts is anything but simple. Districts go through a multitude of calculations to determine how much money they receive and, in some cases, how much they'll have to pay out. Plano ISD trustees, for example, got an early look at next year's budget numbers on the same day  Abbott released his tax relief proposal.  School board president Missy Bender said by email that it's too early to know how the governor's plan would affect the district of approximately 54,000 students. But for years, property-rich Plano ISD has been sending some of its tax revenue to the state to be redistributed to poorer districts.  view article arw

If Gov. Greg Abbott is serious about lowering property taxes for Texans, he will need to do better than the latest plan he has offered. This plan takes bad ideas from the last legislative session and amplifies them. It targets cities and counties, and fails to adequately address school finance. We can’t state this clearly enough: Surging property taxes are directly linked to school finance. view article arw

Howls came quickly after Gov. Greg Abbott proposed lowering the lid to 2.5 percent on how much local governments could raise property taxes in a year without triggering a voter referendum. Abbott's proposal earlier this month would require two-thirds of those voting to approve before the 2.5 percent lid could be exceeded.  In the regular and special legislative sessions last year, Republicans Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had backed unsuccessful efforts for a lid of 4 percent.  The current law sets the increase at 8 percent before voters can petition for a rollback election.  Abbott's latest proposal, and the one last year, made a rollback election automatic if the lid is exceeded. view article arw

Georgia has reportedly offered $1 billion worth of incentives. In Philadelphia, it’s more than $2 billion; in Maryland, $5 billion; and, from high-rolling New Jersey, a whopping $7 billion. But in Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said this week, “We will not give away the farm.” view article arw

As officials assign new property values for the more than 2 million parcels located in Harris and Fort Bend counties, the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in August looms large. It has been estimated that 59,476 homes in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties were damaged by Harvey—the city of Katy alone counted 629 homes—which will result in lower values assigned to many of those properties as of Jan. 1. view article arw

The final items on Monday night's Dayton City Council meeting included the call for two elections: the general election for three council spots and a special election for the petitioned tax rollback. The three open city council seats include Position No. 1 Josh Townsend, Position No. 2 Sherial L. Lawson, and Position No. 3 Alvin Burress. Burress is filling out the term of former councilman Dwight Pruitt who resigned mid-term to take on more responsibilities at his church. view article arw

From improving technology so the school district here can be a part of a Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative to a pay increase for teachers, Moody Independent School District has a number of goals it wants to accomplish. But there’s a problem: Money. Superintendent Gary Martell explained to a group of 30 Moody residents gathered at the high school Tuesday evening that the district is considering holding a tax ratification election to change the two rates that form its property tax rate. view article arw

The Katy ISD board of trustees approved its consent agenda in full at Monday’s meeting and discussed several other topics. Read highlights from the night’s deliberations: view article arw

Here in Abilene, and across the state of Texas, homeowners and businesses are being crushed by property taxes. Over the past 20 years, property tax collections in Texas have increased by 195 percent. Rising property taxes are undermining private property rights and placing a costly burden on the people of Texas. Seniors face the threat of being taxed out of the homes they have lived in for decades, younger generations are being priced out of the market for their first home, and business owners are unable to grow their businesses because of higher property taxes. view article arw

ARLINGTON Gov. Greg Abbott has a plan to give Texans long-sought property tax relief.  The key, said Abbott, who is seeking a second term in office, is putting a 2.5 percent revenue growth cap on property tax dollars collected by local taxing entities — cities, school districts and counties — unless voters approve a larger amount.  “Our fellow Texans are angry and they are frustrated about the skyrocketing property taxes in this state,” said Abbott, who was flanked Wednesday by more than a dozen North Texas lawmakers as he detailed his plan at the Tarrant County Subcourthouse in Arlington. “And they are demanding that something be done. view article arw

Governor's tax plan: First things first: Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest campaign idea isn’t going to lower your property taxes. Property taxes are local. It’s in the Texas Constitution: The state can’t levy a property tax. The governor and the Legislature can’t lower rates. The state doesn’t do property appraisals, either, so they can’t mess with the value of any particular property on the tax rolls. view article arw

Governor's tax plan - js Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has unveiled a plan to cut property taxes, hoping to make the proposal a centerpiece of his re-election campaign despite its needing to be approved by the Legislature. Announced Tuesday in Houston, the plan would establish an annual property tax revenue growth cap of 2.5 percent. view article arw

AUSTIN - Gov. Greg Abbott put local property taxes front-and-center in his campaign for re-election Tuesday, proposing to sharply restrict how much cities, counties and school districts can raise from local residents to pay for services.Alamo Trust to hold open meetings in wake of transparency...“With the skyrocketing rise in property taxes, more and more Texans face the risk of being forced out of the homes they have lived in for decades... Enough is enough,” said Abbott, who last year called property tax increases the No. 1 issue facing the state but was unable to spur revenue limits through the Legislature. view article arw

Denton County property owners saw their tax bills creep up again this past year, a familiar routine that leaves taxpayers shelling out more for schools despite a stable tax rate. The average person living in a $200,000 home in Denton ISD will pay nearly $2,700 to the school district when they go to the tax office to pay their bills on or before Jan. 31. Overall, Denton ISD saw a 17.4 percent increase in local tax revenue this year, even though its tax rate remained at $1.54 per $100 valuation. view article arw

Gregg County Tax Assessor/Collector Kirk Shields is reminding property owners that city, school and other property tax bills become delinquent Feb. 1. Penalties and interest begin accruing at 7 percent after that date. They rise another 2 percent each month until paid. view article arw

While no vote on the potential $426 million bond issue was taken Tuesday evening, the Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees received information on the draft bond proposition and the language that would appear on the May 5 ballot. Jerry Kyle of the law firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP presented the drafts of the statements, which will not be voted on by the KISD board until its Feb. 13 meeting. Matt Boles, of RBC Capital Markets, presented spreadsheets on how the bonds would be paid off over the 30-year period. “We will carefully time the sale of the bonds to meet the construction schedule of each project,” Boles said during his presentation. view article arw