Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Blog from the Trail
Post by Brad McClellan

We would like to know if you received any of the promised property tax cuts this year? We need a leader like Carole Keeton Strayhorn who shoot straight with Texans.

Texans expect their elected leaders to tell them the truth. When our leaders don’t shoot straight, then people lose trust in our government. Here is what some Texas newspapers and Tax Assessor-Collectors are saying about Rick Perry on property taxes:

What Texas Newspapers and Tax Assessor-Collectors Are Saying About Rick Perry on Property Taxes

“Bexar and Harris County tax officials said there won't be a big property tax cut. In fact, many homeowners could find higher taxes on the way.

“The average homeowner living in the Houston Independent School District with a house assessed at $160,000 will pay $140 more, or a 4.2 percent increase over last year, Harris County Tax Collector-Assessor Paul Bettencourt said. ‘Anyone who is running on a big tax cut is making a mistake because the numbers don't support it. Call it what it is, it's property tax relief. It's not a tax cut,’ Bettencourt said. (The Houston Chronicle, September 30, 2006)

“Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Sylvia Romo expects her office to come under siege from angry taxpayers when the first batch of about 600,000 tax notices get mailed next week.

“Romo said Perry's promise of a $2,000 tax cut for the average homeowner inflated hopes. “They're going to say, 'Hey, they promised me I'm going to get a tax cut. Why am I paying more?'”

“Romo said she figured Perry's TV and radio spots would cause trouble because she knew that average San Antonio homeowners wouldn't see the promised savings.

“Most Texans will get their tax notices just days or weeks before the Nov. 7 election. These people are going to vote emotionally," she said. "They are going to say, 'You lied to us.' That's the bottom line." (The San Antonio Express-News, September 30, 2006)

Posted by Brad McClellan on Tuesday, October 03, 2006 at 10:54:13 PM

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