Welcome

 March Meeting 

March 18, 6:30-8:30, The Lake Travis Community Library,

1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Lakeway, TX 78734

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We are privileged to announce our guest speakers:

  Jan Soifer

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David Holmes

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Ms. Soifer is Chairwoman of the Travis County Democratic Party; Jan will give us an update of what’s going on at TCDP and important issues before the legislature.  Jan Soifer has more than 32 years of legal experience protecting taxpayers, consumers, nonprofit and governmental entities from the effects of fraud. For most of the past decade, she has focused her practice on representing whistleblowers in qui tam litigation under the federal False Claims Act and its state counterparts and in claims under other whistleblower laws such as the IRS Whistleblower Law.  Jan is the former President of the Austin Bar Association and The Austin Young Lawyers among many other accomplishments.   You can find her complete impressive profile at www.traviscountydemocrats.org

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David Holmes started in Politics at the age of 8 when his father ran for office in Odessa, Texas and has been involved in every election since.  He has worked in local, state, and national political campaigns and served 8 years as an elected member of the Democratic National Committee. David will address the group on his upcoming campaign for Travis County Commissioner in Precinct 3.  David has trained hundreds of activists on how to organize a precinct and he will speak on the importance of being an active precinct chair.  We hope this will inspire some members of our club to step forward to organize in their precincts.

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NOTICE:  We invite young Democrats (under 30) to a free year of membership.  The rest of us pay only $20 a year to help with meeting expenses.

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While we have your attention, consider this:

  • Commercial appraised values are more frequently lowered than are residential appraised values, which have the effect of shifting more of the tax burden to home owners.
  • Commercial property owners are often successful in receiving dramatic value reductions through appeals to the Appraisal Review Board or District Court.
  • Texas is one of less than a dozen states that does not have mandatory sales-price disclosure for real property. The lack of disclosure of actual sale prices of commercial property makes determining value as part of the appraisal process difficult and fairly inaccurate at best.
  • Since 1997, hundreds of commercial property owners statewide have filed “equity appraisal” lawsuits, which allow courts to reduce appraised values to the median of comparable properties.
  • Appraisal districts (county & city) are required to bear the burden of the legal costs associated with appeals if the commercial property owners are successful in their appeals.  These entities simply do not have the financial resources to go to court, settlements are generally large and in favor of the commercial property owner.

 Where does this leave the rest of us?

Consider contacting your legislators asking for some Property Tax Relief

Consider supporting Senator Kirk Watson’s Senate Bill 278.

 

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