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Travis County recommits to sharing data with TCAD

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Two weeks after declining to throw its weight behind Austin City Council’s commercial property tax appraisal challenge, the Travis County Commissioners Court signaled Tuesday that the issue is still on its radar. During their regular voting session, the commissioners voted 4-0 to approve a resolution reaffirming the county’s commitment to share any real estate sales price data in its possession with the Travis County Appraisal District. Commissioner Gerald Daugherty did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. “We had previously provided all sales data to TCAD,” said County Judge Sarah Eckhardt. “But it has come to my understanding that that had fallen off in the last 18 months to two years, so the idea was to bring a resolution to again recommit to provide all sales data to TCAD so that they could have the best data that we can provide.” The resolution also calls on the next Texas Legislature to enact a law requiring the disclosure of that date to county appraisal districts statewide. Council voted to challenge TCAD’s commercial appraisals after a staff report concluded that the district had undervalued commercial property values by an average of 47 percent from 2010 to 2012.

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