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Battle Over Travis County Tax Appraisals Continues

Updated: Thursday, June 12 2014, 02:55 PM CDT

Vicki Totten calls Rabb Road near Zilker Park home. But after 18 years of increasing property taxes Vicki worries she'll have to move.

"We've just done a lot of work to the house over the years. A lot of our blood sweats and tears went into it, it would be hard, I don't know where we would go," Totten said. 

The Travis County Commissioners Court decided not to challenge commercial property tax appraisals at Tuesday's meeting, despite the wishes of many homeowners.

A study by Real Value Texas says many commercial properties are severely under appraised, but Travis County Commissioner Bruce Todd says just raising commercial property taxes won't solve the problem.

"What we found out is if you raise commercial value or any value for that matter by a billion dollars that to homeowners that means $10 a year in county taxes, only 10," Todd said. 

Todd says it needs to be changed on a state level, which is where State Senator Kirk Watson comes in.

Watson wants to see legislation passed that will shift the burden away from homeowners.

"Part of my reform package would, I think, create greater fairness in appraisals and would make sure commercial properties are being appraised in a way that makes sense and everyone is paying their fair share," Watson said.

By Rachel Kent

Battle Over Travis County Tax Appraisals Continues

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