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Appraisal caps increase the burden on most taxpayers, including businesses, to benefit a few - ow.ly/JdrTh - #txlege #254Strong 
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Appraisal caps limit the amount taxable property values can rise each year, and they shift the tax burden from high-growth areas of the county to areas where the values stay the same or go down. This market distortion means everybody else picks up the tax burden for the few people who benefit. Reasonable caps are already in place. Currently, the taxable value of a homestead before exemptions cannot rise by more than 10 percent per year regardless of market value..


  • Lower appraisal caps benefit a few homeowners while increasing the taxes of many other property owners.

  • Appraisal caps have an adverse impact on the real estate market, driving prices up and reducing turnover.

  • There are other options, such as increased homestead exemptions, that more closely target those segments of communities that may need help.

  • If business properties are included, appraisal caps distort the local economy and form a barrier to entry for new businesses.

  • Appraisal caps not only make the property tax appear unfair, they are unfair.

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