I'm a Texan who's been watching our state go downhill quick.
Texas is a state critical in many issues in the United States right now such as:
Border Security and National Security
Corruption in Government
The new "Swine Flu"
to name a few.
My friend and I started a website ActivePatriot.org
as our part in the fight for Texas and, I think, The
Right off the bat, I know I'm skirting on the edge of ATS T&C. I had sent an email for a little guidance and I hope I don't cross any lines. If I
do, please believe that I only have the best of intentions and believe this is info Texans need to know.
Our initial Fight is against unfair property taxes.
Some Quick facts:
- Appraisal Districts EXCLUDE Foreclosures from the market your property is valued in.
- Appraisal Districts attempt to conceal the FULL sales reports in your neighborhood
- Appraisal districts use "sales price" on properties to set your value. Sales price includes; Commissions, TAX liabilty, credit reports,
What's this mean to you?
They control the market. They exclude lower value properties. They hide the full sales reports from you AND they include commission (usually 6%) and
tax liabilty (usually over 2%) as part of the value of properties you are compared to.
This means between 6-8% of the value used to increase your taxes is artificiall! It's not the value based on individual property characteristics (as
stated in the Texas Constitution) but transaction costs and Tax liability.
Think about this
10%------Average stated realestate appreciation
-6%------Average realestate commission
= 4%------Average rate of inflation
If you exclude realestate commission, realestate (on average) appreciates at about the same rate as inflation! If it exceeds inflation, in the long
run, it is unsustainable. This was a HUGE factor in creating subprime loans and has lead to our current housing crisis. The appraisal District and
the Government where complicit in the housing bubble.
Sub-Primes where created because realestate ARTIFICIALLY outpaced wage earners ability to purchase.
I've been through this fight myself and Won. I'm trying to help others win.
I've used Public Information Acts to get information an Appraisal District tried to conceal from me. I got it and WON.
We need to fight our taxes.
I don't believe in wasting peoples time by telling them to "Send a Tea Bag". For what? They aren't listening to the people anyway.
People can fight their property taxes and DIRECTLY face those that impose those taxes on them. Look the person in the eye who taxes them and say,
"Texans will not go quietly into the night!"
ANY protest based on "Unequal Appraisal" has a right to appeal in District Court in a trial by Jury. People can represent themselves and win as
individuals. Any win in court sets legal precedence in Texas! If enough individuals do this, a firestorm will spread and we will have change by our
We can change the system without waiting for Politicians. Promised reform that never comes.
I bring this to you because ATSers are smart. I'll take all criticism, I invite you to debunk what I say. I will take all constructive criticism
and work to improve our systems. The system is corrupt and broken. It victimizes those it is suppossed to serve.
We will not stop until these wrongs are made right.
We will not go quietly into the night.