Letters to the Editor

Property taxes; Ali and Vietnam

Boxing gloves left at the makeshift memorial at the Muhammed Ali Center in downtown Louisville, Ky., on Friday, June 10, 2016. Ali, a three-time world heavyweight champion, died June 3, 2016, at 74.
Boxing gloves left at the makeshift memorial at the Muhammed Ali Center in downtown Louisville, Ky., on Friday, June 10, 2016. Ali, a three-time world heavyweight champion, died June 3, 2016, at 74. TNS

Property taxes

I appreciated Ron Wright’s Thursday commentary on property taxes (“Local officials must be held accountable for higher taxes”).

The Tarrant County tax assessor-collector effectively pointed out that a taxpayer’s frustration should not be that our property values are rising, but that our local governments continue to grow in size because they keep tax rates the same, even though revenue increases dramatically because of rising property values.

We need to rise up and make our elected officials know that we expect them not to see increased property values as a tax base windfall, but to lower tax rates and keep spending in check!

Please join me in appreciation of the service of our local officials, but we expect them to keep our taxes as low as possible, or they will be voted out of office.

Phil Carlisle,

Arlington

Property taxes (particularly for schools, because they account for the lion’s share of the tax bill) are out of control in Texas, especially in view of the explosion of high appraisals justified by greatly increased home prices.

It makes little sense just to assume property owners can keep coming up with thousands of dollars in property taxes year after year for permission to continue to live in their own homes just because some bureaucrats say they’re worth such-and-such.

And over-65 exemptions are too small. They should at least be a relatively large percentage of the home’s appraised value, not a fixed amount.

At least income and sales taxes are more predictive of one’s ability to pay them.

You have to have income to be required to pay an income tax. And sales taxes assume that if you have money to buy things, you should be able to pay a one-time tax on them at the time of purchase.

That’s probably a better assumption than the property tax’s assumption that because you own a home, you can somehow find money to pay a burdensome tax on it for the rest of your life!

Mike Jones, Fort Worth

Ali and Vietnam

Muhammad Ali was a great boxer. But remember that in Washington, D.C., there is a memorial to the men who went where Ali refused to go.

William Schweitzer, Hurst

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