Tuesday, June 16, 2009

FortBendWeb: Fort Bend County Officials Pull New Tax Building Off Agenda For Now!

Chronicle update:

Fort Bend Central Appraisal District to look at options to expand space after building plan runs into opposition

FBISD voted against proposal, while city of Katy voted for it

June, 2009,

Fort Bend Central Appraisal District officials have agreed to explore other options to more building space for their operation after numerous taxing jurisdictions stonewalled their proposal to construct a $6.4 million building.

The district’s Chief Appraiser Glen Whitehead on June 9 retracted his request for Fort Bend County Commissioners Court to approve a district board resolution that aims to construct a 33,000-square-foot building with 330 parking spaces on 12 acres at the northwest corner of Bamore and Klauke roads in Rosenberg.

Since the county thinks there are different options out there, I thought it’s in our best interest to sit down with the county to discuss those options,” said Whitehead, referring to less expensive alternatives to create more building space. . . (follow the link below for the full story)


FBW comment: Keep an eye on your local boards councils and commissions as many of their elected officials are backed by special interests that indirectly benefit from your higher property valuation and increased taxes (several area mayors, council members, commissioner court members, the chief county judge, just to name a few). Many of these officials vote in favor of special taxing and abatement zones for companies that contribute to their campaigns, while indirectly passing the increased tax cost to the average taxpayer and homeowners in FBC. Currently, according to the U.S. Tax Foundation, FBC property taxes rank 1st in Texas and 11th nation-wide per median home value.




Question: Do you trust Allen Owen, mayor of Missouri City, TX, to represent you rather than his Houston corporate backers?




3%  participating said yes  (n20)


91%  participating said no  (n573)


6%  participating responded not sure  (n39)


(N) sample =  632


Stay tuned as more surveys for coming elections are posted!

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