Austin Texas is a liberal bastion in an otherwise conservative state. They're proud of it. They have a slogan - "Keep Austin Weird." So... Property taxes have been on the rise in Austin, and now it's giving people headaches. People are calling for "reforms", which I take to mean they expect government to ease their troubles. But why have taxes been on the rise? The reality is that there is no state income tax, property owners have always taken a larger share of the tax burden here in order to give poorer people a fair shake, and the property taxes are based on really how nice a house the person is paying for. But what Austinites are really not getting is WHY their taxes are really going up. And of course, completely unable to engage in introspection... http://www.lovenorthaustin.com/new-...ls-spurs-push-to-reform-tax-appraisal-process “I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year. “It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.” Awww, poor little Gretchen. You voted for it. Pay up, bitch. And now, when you label conservatives as the "Party of No", now you know why that is a good thing. Because someone has to pay for it. BTW, someone in the comments did a little research... You aren't getting the whole story. She owns a large lot with two houses on it in a desirable location. Much of tax increase was because of the increase in improvements that were finally adjusted to include the 2nd house, built in 2007. Her 2013 'improvements' valuation was $36k then finally adjusted to $200k in 2014...still only assesed at $370k for $650k market value. ...Search in Travis Co Tax Records reveals... http://propaccess.traviscad.org/clientdb/Property.aspx?prop_id=302324 So basically, she IS the rich that the liberals engage with all the class envy. Suck it up, buttercup.