Austin American-Statesman

Surge in property tax bills spurs push to reform tax appraisal process
Austin American-Statesman

On a recent evening, more than 300 homeowners who are worried about their rising property tax bills filled First Unitarian Universalist Church in North Austin for a town hall meeting. If something doesn’t change, many said, they will soon be priced out of their homes.

Two nights later, a similar discussion played out in South Austin, where homeowners gathered at Grace United Methodist Church in Travis Heights to talk about what can be done to slow escalating residential tax values.

“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.

“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”

Je résume…

Un gauchiste décide de quitter la Californie parce que les taxes sont devenues trop élevées. Ce gauchiste déménage à Austin, car les taxes y sont très basses. Dans sa nouvelle ville d’adoption, notre gauchiste décide ensuite de voter pour des politiciens qui lui promettent des écoles, des parcs, des tramways, des théâtres, des festivals, etc. Quelques années plus tard notre gauchiste dit qu’il aime bien payer des taxes, mais que si elles ne diminuent pas, il devra déménager…

J’imagine que c’est de cette manière que les idées gauchistes se propagent de ville en ville…