Tag Archives: Travis Central Appraisal District

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…

Friday, May 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council moves forward with appraisal challenge

City Council presented a united front yesterday and voted unanimously to file a petition challenging the Travis Central Appraisal District’s valuation of commercial properties this year.On May 19, the city released a report that showed undervaluation of commercial properties by an…

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Regional leaders sound off on appraisal challenge

In preparation for tomorrow’s decision, City Council members sat down with leaders from regional taxing entities Tuesday to discuss the pros and cons of challenging the Travis Central Appraisal District’s valuation of Austin commercial properties this year.Those in attendance included…

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Property tax system messed up; nobody happy

A property tax appraisal forum hosted by Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea on Tuesday told two sides of the same story: No one is happy with the property tax system.The forum, Shea’s second, included a panel of city officials and…

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council may challenge “undervalued” appraisals

Following the release of a report stating that Austin commercial property in Travis County is “significantly undervalued,” City Council is considering an appraisal challenge that could reduce the burden on residential property taxpayers.Council discussed the potential move at a Tuesday…

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Regional Affordability Committee takes first steps

Though they have a long road ahead of them, members of Austin’s Regional Affordability Committee are taking a measured approach to developing a strategic plan to achieve their goals.Rather than take action at their second meeting on Monday, members made…

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Council holds off on appraisal petition, postpones action until 2015

The Austin City Council backed away from filing a challenge petition over the Travis Central Appraisal District’s commercial property valuation process early Friday, voting instead to postpone any action until 2015.   But Council members will not be sitting on…

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Residents say population surge is pricing Austinites out of their homes

A number of Austin homeowners aired their frustrations with rising residential tax appraisals at a community forum Tuesday. The forum was hosted by the Brentwood Neighborhood Association, the First Universalist Social Action Committee and Brigid Shea, the Democratic nominee for…

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