ACC and prop­erty tax ex­emp­tions

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 6 ar­ti­cle “ACC board OKs bud­get, raise.”

It was with a dou­ble-take that I read the ar­ti­cle on Austin Com­mu­nity Col­lege adopt­ing its bud­get. I could scarcely be­lieve that in an era of never-end­ing tax in­creases for prop­erty own­ers, ACC has sen­si­bly dropped prop­erty tax ex­emp­tions on des­ig­nated his­toric homes and will use that ex­tra rev­enue in con­junc­tion with other rev­enue sources to leave its tax rate es­sen­tially un­changed over last year.

Some peo­ple will even see a lower tax bill. I can­not shout “bravo” loud enough. If only the Austin In­de­pen­dent School District would sim­i­larly strike these tax ex­emp­tions, which have be­come a drain on ev­ery­one else’s pock­et­books.

The City of Austin might have made a pol­icy de­ci­sion on his­toric homes, but other tax­ing en­ti­ties should not be be­holden to the same dys­func­tional tax struc­ture. wEndy gor­don


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