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Coming Up Lemons
The House Bill on public school finance goes to the floor, and it's all about tax cuts and slot machines
"...that "most of my members' top priority is reducing property taxes."..."

May 7, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Austin at Large: Put on Your Shrinking Caps
So why – let alone how – do we "need" to "reform" Texas property taxes?
"...everyone's toast was the fight over just how much tax evasion to offer to Texas property owners. The dueling..."

Feb. 8, 2019 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

TDH: 5/31/11
Spelman 'splains delay of changes to historic tax breaks
"...We’ve noted that the city’s revamp of tax breaks for historic homes has taken so long, it..."

May 31, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
The city may go where it feared to tread last year -- tax hikes, layoffs, and cutting public safety budgets.
"...-- under a new mayor's leadership -- will raise property taxes in September when it adopts the fiscal 2004..."

Feb. 28, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Council: Downtown Puzzle or Rubik’s Cube?
Dais division brewing over hotel tax spending, tourism industry
"...uncertain prospects, Mayor Steve Adler has dropped his AISD “tax swap” proposal. Now he’s hoping he can salvage funding..."

Aug. 28, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Point Austin: Growth Pays
Echoing anti-tax advocates, Statesman editors miss the way to true community investment
"...Statesman editors dragged out the thoughtless cliche of the tax-cut crowd (left and right): "It's no wonder so many..."

Aug. 21, 2015 News Column by Michael King

City Council: Here's Your Budget!
Council holds line on tax rate, juggles many line items
"...The Line-That-Could-Not-Be-Crossed was 50.29 – that is, the current property tax rate of 50.29 cents per $100 of assessed..."

Sept. 13, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

The Daily Hustle: 7/28/10 (Updated)
Big budget balanced
"...Marc Ott, announcing his proposed 2011 budget won't increase property taxes to the rollback rate (the highest increase without..."

July 28, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Point Austin: It Adds Up
The November ballot may look more like a shopping list
"...million – the amount estimated not to require a property tax increase. Yet he does want to adjust the..."

Aug. 10, 2012 News Column by Michael King

TDH: 5/10/11
On Council agenda: Historic tax abatements, Holly decommission & more
"...is a relatively robust affair, containing long-gestating changes to tax abatements for historic homes, the Holly power plant decommissioning,..."

May 10, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Common Law
Protesting High Property Taxes: Persuasive Evidence
"...What evidence can help me win my property tax protest?..."

May 16, 2008 Column by Luke Ellis

Council Adopts 6% Exemption
Mayor says Council “serious about affordability crisis”
"...7-4 to enact a 6% homestead exemption on city property taxes, after first rejecting 8-3 an immediate 20% exemption...."

June 5, 2015 News Post by Michael King

Quote of the Week: Steve Adler
The mayor dishes on property taxes
"..."Our property taxes are no longer a local property tax. From..."

Aug. 4, 2017 News Column

Getting to Yes
The Travis Central Appraisal District and the Mueller Foundation settle tax appraisal dispute
"...this week that they have resolved their dispute over property tax appraisals of homes included in the Mueller neighborhood..."

July 15, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

TCAD Challenge Moves to Court
Mayor announces next stage of appraisal fight
"...suit today against the Travis Central Appraisal District, commercial property owners, and Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, challenging the property..."

Aug. 24, 2015 News Post by Michael King

AISD Board Considers Futures for Underused Facilities
The district’s property portfolio has become an increasingly pressing matter
"...The district's property portfolio has become an increasingly pressing matter. Recently, the..."

Dec. 9, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Daily Hustle: 6/7/10
Historic zoning haymaker coming to council?
"...item capping historic zoning for homes – and the property tax losses they create – is coming to City..."

June 7, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Settling the FY 2019 Budget
Council sorts out tax rate, final spending
"...decisions are made. Having already adopted a potential "maximum" property tax rate increase of 6% (2% below the 8%..."

Sept. 14, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

News Roundup: Commissions, Complaints, and Candidates
Intrigue and drama over technical lobbying laws
"...Council's quest for a utilities consultant; council's battle over property appraisals continues; another Democratic candidate enters the Travis County..."

Dec. 7, 2015 News Post

What's So Special?
Gov. Perry calls a special session, and pits property taxes against schoolchildren
"...opening sentence to read, "the special legislative session on property-tax cuts." If you'll remember, the pressure has been building..."

April 23, 2004 News Column by Michael King

City Budget Squeezed Between Basic Costs and State Neglect
The city has $1.03 billion in taxpayer money. Here's where it's going.
"...public school finance, "Robin Hood," and the proposed city property tax rate...."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

This Is the Box We're In
Council doesn't have a budget, but they're cutting it nonetheless
"...challenge petition they were contemplating filing against the commercial property evaluations of the Travis Cen­tral Appraisal District. Austin may..."

June 12, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

Boom and Gloom
Austin's Budget Struggles to Keep Up
"...City finance director Betty Dunkerley is taxed by this year's budget process. photograph by John Anderson..."

Aug. 22, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

District 47
"...Teflon appeal got her through failed business partnerships, back taxes, and property swaps with barely a scratch; and former..."

Feb. 23, 1996 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
"...public school finance "reform" package that would radically cut property taxes and replace some of the revenue with a..."

April 28, 2006 News Feature

Clouded Prospects
Lege special session opens with glowing rhetoric, uncertain goals
"...Governor's Mansion to show their support for a new tax proposal that lawmakers will begin considering on Monday, the..."

April 14, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Craddick Promises Money to Burn
"...It's an election year, so Texas Republicans are talking property-tax cuts and how to pay for them. In a..."

May 23, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Future Is Now
Local fiscal policy enters its Cold War era
"...had six months with positive leading indicators everywhere. Sales tax collections are still fluttering, but in the positive range...."

Aug. 13, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Who Owns Sixth Street
Is Austin's Sixth Street Entertainment District undergoing an identity crisis? -- and who are the designated shrinks?
"...by the veteran performers at Esther's Follies. Sixth Street property and business owners, the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA), and..."

May 4, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Tiffing Over the TIF
Waller Creek Rages On
"...on this Waller Creek deal," said Robert Knight, a property owner along the creek, early Monday morning. Knight, who..."

Feb. 6, 1998 News Column by Kayte VanScoy

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