Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Property tax relief down the drain

State Rep. Dwayne Bohac of Houston is my hero. This guy proposed legislation that would cap how much appraisal districts could raise the value of our homes. But, leave it the state Legislature to bend over homeowners once again.

According to a news story:
The Texas House on Tuesday revolted against a proposal to lower the cap onproperty appraisal increases in a resounding vote that likely kills the issue this legislative session. The proposed constitutional amendment would have lowered the cap on appraisal growth from 10 percent to 5 percent a year. Taxing entities including school districts, hospital districts, cities and counties had vigorously fought the legislation. Representatives voted 81-65 to remove key language from the legislation, effectively ending debate on House Joint Resolution 35. In doing so they ignored supporters' pleas to allow debate to continue so the legislation could be amended to remove cities and counties from the cap.

Gov. Perry supports legislation to put a cap in place. I may vote for Perry after all on this ONE issue alone.

Back to the story:
A fiscal analysis of the bill by the Legislative Budget Board said it would result in billions of dollars in lost revenue to the state, school districts, cities and counties over the next five years. Critics of the bill said it would help only those homeowners in neighborhoods where property values are skyrocketing. They said property owners in areas of more stable growth would bear an increasing burden to fund essential services such as police, fire and sanitation.

Boo hoo. Learn to live on a budget like the rest of us. My budget gets busted every year when our appraisal district jacks up the price of our land, our house or both. They have screwed us every year we've lived here. If we could get the price the house is appraised for, we'd sell tomorrow. Gees.


  • At 10:35 PM, April 13, 2005, Blogger cashin said…

    I'm on board your bandwagon of "State legislatures are fucking dick heads" Recently a bill was proposed that would outlaw the sale of gas below cost to hinder competition and keep mom and pop shops open. The bill actually passed in the house and you could just imagine how most people feel about a bill like that. Another bill was a new transportation bill that would require only the rear license plate!!! So I could take off my front one and make my car look bitching!!!! But Alas, shot down by the house. BASTARDS! While my little tidbit doesn't affect me as much as your does believe you me, I feel your pain....I feel your pain.

  • At 11:22 AM, April 15, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    You're so bad Cashin. Cops use those front plates as an identification tool and I think that is probably a good idea. The gas bill sounds really lame, though.

  • At 6:55 AM, April 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm not so sure that front plates are that helpful.

    Remember that car thief I caught? I noticed him because he ran a red light and looked scared shitless that he did it in front of a cop. We were on out way to a fight call so we weren't going to pull him over...until I saw his rear plate and recognized it from the pre-shift meeting. My training officer missed it and I told him to turn around while I double checked my notes...I was right (no surprise) and we arrested him and returned the car to the owner.


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