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The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association today released a report, Texas Taxpayers and Research
Equal and Uniform sort of analyzing the findings of the performance Association
audits of Texas 253 central appraisal districts.
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The study was compiled from the results of individual reviews of local appraisal districts conducted by
State Comptroller Susan Combs Property Tax Assistance Division under a requirement in House Bill 8,
passed into law in 2009 by State Representative John Otto and Senator Tommy Williams. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Comptroller s evaluation was an effort to determine if appraisal districts have the very basic tools
needed to do their job appraise property at its fair market value. Initially, the review found that roughly
one in three districts lacked up-to-date maps and documentable procedures. In over a third of the Quotable
districts the Comptroller was unable to reproduce the values assigned to the property. The most
troubling finding is that districts were found to be most lacking in appraisal standards and procedures
their core mission, said TTARA s senior researcher, John Kennedy.
The Texas Constitution guarantees that taxation will be equal and uniform. That right is threatened if
taxpayer property is not uniformly appraised at market value. It is little comfort to know that your house Constitution
is fairly valued only to find out that your neighbor s is not. Your heftier tax bill subsidizes their benefit, guarantees that
taxation will be equal
The good news is that most appraisal districts have already corrected almost all of their identified and uniform. That
deficiencies. Some, however, remain sorely behind. Eight districts not only failed to correct their right is threatened if
deficiencies before the results became final, but also could not address them in the ensuing year. These
taxpayer property is
districts have been reported to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for further enforcement
action. not uniformly
appraised at market
The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership-
supported organization of businesses and individuals interested in state and local fiscal policies in Texas
and the way those policies impact our economy. TTARA members operate in every part of Texas; they
employ and provide incomes to thousands of Texans; they produce or provide every type of good or
service Texans consume; and, they provide a huge portion of the revenue that supports public services at
every level of government. TTARA has been recognized as the state s leading organization specializing in
tax and fiscal policy for more than 50 years.
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