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City Hall Hustle: Discount Government, Part II
Historically low city tax rates bite back in the longer run
"...as the council's financial sage, noted Austin's "abnormally low" property tax rate is "too low ... to support a..."

Sept. 11, 2009 News Column by Wells Dunbar

'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements
General Election, Nov. 6 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments
"...appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation is limited to the lesser of the most recent..."

Nov. 2, 2007 News Feature

'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements
General Election, Nov. 6 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments
"...appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation is limited to the lesser of the most recent..."

Oct. 26, 2007 News Feature

'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements
General Election, Nov. 6 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments
"...appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation is limited to the lesser of the most recent..."

Oct. 19, 2007 News Feature

Toby Futrell's Budget
The staff-proposed city budget goes to council, with both breathing and wiggle room
"...The budget as proposed is "balanced" at the effective tax rate – 39.85 cents per $100 of assessed property..."

Aug. 4, 2006 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

On the Lege
Lawmakers accomplish what they failed to do so many times – approve a new education funding package that doesn't look half bad on paper
"...that doesn't look half bad on paper. The new tax plan, which Perry said he will sign "with great..."

May 19, 2006 News Column by Amy Smith

On the Lege
The Lege solves school finance. Or not.
"...behind an ambitious school finance proposal that would cut property taxes, raise teachers' salaries, and inject more money into..."

Jan. 21, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...back at council last week trying to wiggle his property at 17th and Lavaca into zoning that would allow..."

May 16, 1997 News Feature

Texas Senate Education Committee Advances Its Own School Finance Plan
SB 4 would essentially gut the House version of the bill
"...funding (about $9 billion) for school finance reform and property tax relief found in HB 3, the Senate’s legislation..."

May 1, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Making the Math Work on Real School Finance Reform
"Texas Plan" brings new money to Austin and other districts, but nothing's final yet
"...to yoke school finance reform to reductions in local property taxes, HB 3 includes about $2.7 billion to "compress"..."

April 26, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

'Chronicle' Endorsements
Nov. 4 General Election
"...Republican opponent, Fayette Co. rancher George Morovich, is a flat-tax and anti-immigrant enthusiast, and his Libertarian opponent is pro..."

Oct. 17, 2008 News Feature

Myth, Reality, and the State Budget Surplus
Depending on who's doing the talking, next year's budget will have Texas sitting on billions of dollars ... or hot air
"...There are two things certain in Texas – painful property tax bills and politicians who promise R-E-L-I-E-F in campaign..."

Dec. 22, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Beside the Point
Council ponders where to set the property-tax rate, and which health care package should cover city employees and their partners
"...to amaze how small-sounding increases to homeowners' ad valorem taxes reap tremendous windfalls for the state. When you get..."

June 2, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Triumph in the Lege?
Lawmakers could pass tax legislation before it's curtains on Tuesday, handing the governor and lawmakers something to crow about when they return to the campaign trail
"...crow – the legislative package would represent the biggest tax bill in Texas history – but the rousing "We..."

May 12, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Lege Roundup
"...heart of a Texas lawmaker the way passing a tax bill does, but House members did just that Monday...."

March 18, 2005 News Column

Tits for Tots
The governor rolls out his school finance plan, starring smoking, gambling, Desirée, and Ecstasy
"...week the governor proposed a $5 minimum "adult entertainment tax," whereby patrons of topless bars would be enjoined to..."

April 16, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...Wants Better Schools but Lower Taxes..."

Oct. 10, 2003 Column

Wants Better Schools but Less Taxes
"...So Molly Ivins and Louis Dubose think taxes are "low" in Texas ["Leave No Child Behind," Oct...."

Oct. 6, 2003 Postmarks

Fat and Mostly Healthy
City Rolls Out Brave New Budget
"...The proposed budget hews to the state-mandated effective property tax rate - that being what the city can..."

Aug. 14, 1998 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Bush Tackles Taxes
"...finally got around to the specifics of his long-awaited tax plan, there were no surprises there, either. Almost every..."

Jan. 31, 1997 News Column

City Budget: Something's Gotta Give
Cooling economy, rising costs mean tough choices for City Council
"...The two primary sources of GF revenue are property taxes and sales taxes, amounting this year to about..."

May 12, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: Homestead Exemption Still Burning
How many votes can $2 a month buy?
"...The City Council vote to expand the property tax homestead exemption (from 6% to 8%) is now..."

July 22, 2016 News Column by Michael King

Shortchanged
A lot of belt tightening and creative thinking make getting by with low dollars possible for AISD
"...you'd think if you just looked at how much property tax money the district is scheduled to collect over..."

Sept. 4, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Happy Times ... in Moderation
City budget preview projects strong economy, careful spending
"...what the effect such projections might be on potential property tax rates. In several charts, the budget staff had..."

April 26, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: Getting What We Pay For
It costs real money to build a great city
"...simultaneously with an Austin American-States­man Sunday front-pager on rising property taxes in Travis County. The Police Exec­u­tive Research Forum..."

July 20, 2012 News Column by Michael King

The Common Law
Investment property & 1031 exchanges
"...I own an investment property. I keep reading about all these California investors and..."

Aug. 17, 2007 Column by Luke Ellis

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...District Judge John Dietz's 2004 ruling that the state property tax cap is an unconstitutional statewide property tax, but..."

Nov. 25, 2005 News Feature

Lean and ... Leaner
A preview of the city's proposed (and shrinking) budget
"...call it a Bust) has decimated the city's sales tax collections, which fund the bulk of the city's discretionary..."

Aug. 3, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
The state of Texas, joined by poor school districts, are fighting a lawsuit in Travis County court that would get rid of the cap on property taxes mandated by the state's "Robin Hood" tax redistribution law.
"...would strike down the state law that caps districts' property tax rates. Joined by the Mexican American Legal Defense..."

July 6, 2001 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Chasing Gary
To Annex or Not to Annex
"...legal barriers to prevent the city from annexing the property...."

Sept. 19, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

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