Property Taxes

School District and City Request Reappraisals for Hurricane-Damaged Property

By George Slaughter Both the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees and the Katy City Council Friday asked for reappraisals of hurricane-damaged properties within their respective limits. At separate meetings Friday, the district and city passed resolutions making this request to the Fort Bend County Appraisal District, the Harris County Appraisal District, and the Waller County Appraisal District. A city official said two governmental entities must make such a request for an appraisal district […]

City Holds Two Public Hearings on Proposed Tax Rate

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night held its second of two state law-mandated public hearings on the tax rate to fund the 2017-2018 city budget. The city will have a larger tax base to work with this year, thanks to growth in housing. Estimated tax revenues are $9.7 million, a 12% increase from the current figure of $8.6 million. City officials said that, in legal language, the tax rate is increasing because […]

Texans mislead about property taxes?

Meaningless comparison misleads Texans about property taxes Committee’s ‘apples to oranges’ comparison makes no sense A state senate committee appointed to examine local property taxes has been deceiving Texans about property tax increases by making an “apples to oranges” comparison between the growth in total property taxes and median household income. “The senate committee has been travelling around the state using real statistics to make an illogical, misleading comparison,” said Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director of […]