Editorials

Paying taxes in coins drives up costs, taxes

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Tarrant County Tax Assessor Ron Wright shows notes sent in along with property tax payments at the Tarrant County administration office in Fort Worth on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.
Tarrant County Tax Assessor Ron Wright shows notes sent in along with property tax payments at the Tarrant County administration office in Fort Worth on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. kbouaphanh@star-telegram.com

We get it — you’re frustrated with your property taxes.

We are, too, but don’t make it difficult for people on the tax assessor-collector’s staff to do their jobs.

The Tarrant Appraisal District’s software fouled up and undervalued homes last year, causing sticker shock this year.

Every year, many homeowners are unhappy about their tax appraisals and resulting tax bills.

They often want Tarrant County’s tax assessor-collector, Ron Wright, to know how they feel.

“On their checks, some will try to be cute,” Wright told Star-Telegram reporter Anna M. Tinsley. “We’ve had checks made out to ‘Ron Wrong.’ We occasionally get a [former tax assessor-collector, now Fort Worth mayor] Betsy Price check and sometimes checks are even made out to Betsy Ross.”

Not sure what a historical flagmaker has to do with your property tax frustrations, but we understand that you wanted to vent.

Writing a snide note on your bill is one thing, but paying your taxes in small bills or change is counterproductive.

One homeowner payed his property tax bill with a wheel barrow of dollar bills. Another paid with a box of coins.

It takes hours to count and roll change, and taxpayer money pays for that time.

Ultimately, you’re paying more to make a point.

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