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Tag Archives: Travis Central Appraisal District

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

Travis tax appraisers tout new techniques for assessing property values

The Travis Central Appraisal District is figuring out the values of properties faster and more accurately, all while fighting off a record number of protests and lawsuits from taxpayers challenging their appraisals, agency leaders told the Travis County Commissioners Court…

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by Jo Clifton

TCAD trying to make appraisals more equitable

Many taxpayers have charged that the current property tax system is unfair because it penalizes longtime homeowners with a higher tax bill when their neighborhoods start to gentrify.One of those homeowners is City Council Member Ora Houston. During Council’s Dec.…

Friday, November 11, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Austin loses appeal of appraisal district lawsuit

Texas’ 3rd Court of Appeals on Thursday firmly rejected the city of Austin’s attempt to get a judicial ruling on whether the alleged disparity between appraisals for residential property and commercial property meets constitutional muster.Led by Mayor Steve Adler, City…

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Mueller homeowners reach agreement with TCAD

The Travis Central Appraisal District has reached an agreement with the owners of three affordable homes in the Mueller development who sued the district claiming their appraisals were too high because they were not allowed sell their homes at market…

Thursday, December 31, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

2015: An Austin Monitor review

In 2015 the shift to single-member districts was finally realized, leading to big changes at City Hall. Now, almost a year later, the Austin Monitor is taking a look back at the past 12 months from our admittedly selective point…

Friday, December 4, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council affirms support for appraisal district suit

With seven members present at a special called meeting on Thursday, City Council unanimously affirmed its commitment to a lawsuit challenging the accuracy of the Travis Central Appraisal District’s appraised values for commercial properties and vacant land. In that lawsuit,…

Monday, November 9, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Update: City loses appraisal district lawsuit

Update: Moday, Nov. 9After Judge Tim Sulak’s ruling dismissing the city of Austin’s lawsuit on Friday, several parties weighed in.Mayor Steve Adler said, “We need a court to rule on the fairness of the property tax system. The court’s decision…

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Appraisal district, Mueller folks air differences

Some owners of affordable housing in the Mueller development have seen their homes’ appraised values double since 2013.One of those homeowners is Janeka Rector, whose home was appraised at $179,000 last year. Next year it will be appraised at more…

Friday, October 23, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Who is being sued in city’s appraisal suit?

In its lawsuit challenging the Travis Central Appraisal District’s valuations of commercial property and vacant land, the city of Austin has sued the owners of numerous tax exempt properties, including the Salvation Army, the Congress Avenue Baptist Church, the Faith…

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Appraisals worry some Mueller homeowners

Owners of affordable housing in the Mueller development are worried that they will no longer be able to pay the taxes on homes they bought at affordable prices – for example, $160,000 to $170,000 – because the Travis Central Appraisal…

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Judge pondering appraisal district suit

After a three-hour hearing Wednesday, Travis County District Judge Tim Sulak told approximately a dozen lawyers involved in the lawsuit between the city of Austin and the Travis Central Appraisal District, “I’m nowhere close to making a decision on the…

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Jo Clifton

City, Junk Yard Dogs to fight in court today

Although the city of Austin has sued the Travis Central Appraisal District over its valuations of commercial and vacant properties, the first test of the lawsuit’s merit will come in court today not from TCAD, but from the commercial property…

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Junk Yard Dogs answers city’s TCAD lawsuit

Junk Yard Dogs LP, the owner of a commercial property at 8322 Cross Park Drive, on Monday responded to the city’s lawsuit against the Travis Central Appraisal District and all owners of commercial and vacant property in the county. The…

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Homeowners challenge city on TCAD suit

Six Travis County homeowners last week filed a motion to intervene in the city’s lawsuit against the Travis Central Appraisal District. Representing those homeowners are three attorneys experienced in representing property owners who believe their property has been overvalued. Attorneys…

Monday, August 24, 2015 by Jo Clifton

City to file suit, announces cooperation with TCAD

The city of Austin will file suit in state district court this afternoon against the Travis Central Appraisal District challenging what the city calls the undervaluation of commercial and vacant properties in the city of Austin and seeking a declaration…

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Jo Clifton

TCAD appraisal letter worries some citizens

Retired U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Henry Boothe was surprised and worried when he received a letter from the Travis Central Appraisal District in early August informing him that the city of Austin had filed an appeal of TCAD’s commercial…

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Lower tax rate, higher tax bill in Travis County’s draft budget

Travis County’s property tax rate is expected to dip during the next budget cycle, but taxpayers shouldn’t necessarily expect lower bills.According to the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2016, the rate will drop by 6.62 percent. However, rising property values…

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council likely to purchase endangered species tract

Despite questions about the price from City Council Member Don Zimmerman, Council appears poised to move forward Thursday with the purchase of a significant tract of land in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. The tract is within Zimmerman’s District 6.City real…

Friday, June 19, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin relocates tax appraisal challenge

While the city of Austin will continue to pursue its challenge of the Travis Central Appraisal District’s valuation of commercial properties, it has chosen a new venue for the fight.Mayor Steve Adler said during yesterday’s City Council meeting that city legal staff…

Monday, June 1, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County takes no action on appraisals

Travis County Commissioners voted on Friday to do nothing.That was the decision in a rare special voting session called to address the city of Austin’s decision to challenge commercial property tax appraisals.The commissioners had before them three options: file their…

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