Property Taxes Too High

RECEIVED Wed., Nov. 3, 2004

Dear Editor,
   What happens if year after year after year after year you get a property valuation that is extraordinarily high? You go through the same procedure every year! The only way to vote out the people on the appraisal board is to get rid of the people on the various taxing entity boards who appointed them. Since you only have the ability to vote in your local district, this may be totally beyond your control – even with the vote!
   The only way we can change the way the appraisal board is selected is to convince our congressmen to make the changes or to change the Texas Constitution. In Texas that can only be done by getting our legislators to put it on the ballot. Either way this requires the cooperation of the senators and representatives. Cooperate? That in itself presents a problem!
   I just received my property tax bill today. My house is accessed at $143,777, which is $1,777 more than I paid for it five months ago. My tax bill is $3,654 a year, or more than $300 a month. We have no children and consequently do not use the schools, it takes the sheriff's office more than 1 1/2 hours to respond to a call, and our roads are in horrible shape.
   I cannot pay the taxes and must sell my home and leave Texas. I would like to thank my elected officials for nothing.
Greg Frazier
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