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NPT Capitol: Shapleigh: Dispute your property taxes online

shapleigh1State senator Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso wants Texans to be able to E-dispute how much property tax they pay by 2010. Shapleigh was speaking on behalf of Senate Bill 258 at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee.

“So many El Pasoans have come to me to say appraisals are not accurate. Senate Bill 258 gives every El Pasoan the ability to appeal an appraisal from home or office. The bill will save time and money, and make the process work for homeowners,” said Shapleigh in a press release after the hearing. The El Paso Senator also claimed that an online system would save both the government some money and the public countless hours at the appraisal district HQ.

–Ben Wright

Read the press release after the Jump

Senator Eliot Shapleigh, District 29, Press Release

For Immediate Release, March 2, 2009

“So many El Pasoans have come to me to say appraisals are not accurate.
Senate Bill 258 gives every El Pasoan the ability to appeal an appraisal
from home or office. The bill will save time and money, and make the
process work for homeowners,” said Shapleigh in a press release.



Bill by Senator Shapleigh creates system for online protests of tax
appraisals by homeowners

“So many El Pasoans have come to me to say appraisals are not accurate.
Senate Bill 258 gives every El Pasoan the ability to appeal an appraisal
from home or office. The bill will save time and money, and make the
process work for homeowners”

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AUSTIN – Today, Senator Eliot Shapleigh, (D- El Paso) laid out in the
Senate Committee on Finance a bill he filed that would allow Texans to
protest their property tax appraisals online.

Senator Shapleigh testified before the Senate Committee on Finance
on
behalf of S.B. 258.
The bill would mandate that Texas’ largest counties – including
El Paso – launch a program for electronic protests of property tax
appraisals.

“So many El Pasoans have come to me to say appraisals are not accurate.
Senate bill 258 gives every El Pasoan the ability to appeal an appraisal
from home or office. The bill will save time and money, and make the
process work for homeowners,” Senator Shapleigh said.

Right now, protesting property tax appraisals is a lengthy, cumbersome
and paper-driven process. Mail gets lost and data entry errors can
occur. Property owners have to drive to the appraisal district
headquarters, spending hours on traffic, time in lines and consulting
appraisal district employees about basic laws governing the appeal
process.

The bill would provide for convenient online appeals, where taxpayers
can understand how the law works, how to file an appeal and how to find
help. The bill would allow communication between citizens and appraisal
officers to also be done online. Creation of an online system to file
protests will lower costs for appraisal districts and increase their
efficiency in addressing citizens.

Harris county implemented a successful online protest program in 2004.
During testimony before the finance committee this morning, Jim
Robinson, Harris County’s chief appraisal officer estimated that their
program saves the county about $750,000 a year.

S.B. 258 would require central appraisal districts have a system online
by January 2010. The Senate committee on Finance is expected to vote on
S.B. 258 Wednesday morning.

-End-

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm

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  1. A step in the right direction. Now if we can just convince CAD and the city council that a property tax should be based on what the current market is not on what CAD believes property MIGHT be worth.

    We need every tax break we can get during this recession.

    Rey

    March 3, 2009 at 8:49 am


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