This came in from Max Grossman:
Like thousands of other El Pasoans, I finally received word of my new property tax assessment. The breakdown for 2017 and 2018 looks like this:
Taxing entity 2017 2018 % change
CITY OF EL PASO 0.803433 0.843332 +4.97%
EL PASO COUNTY 0.452694 0.447819 -1.09%
EL PASO I.S.D. 1.310000 1.310000 0
EPCC 0.141638 0.140273 -0.97%
UNIV MED CTR 0.251943 0.251943 0
TOTAL TAX RATE 2.959708% 2.993367% +1.14%
Thus, the City of El Paso was the only taxing entity to raise our taxes, and they did so by almost 5%. Moreover, in the last six years the City of El Paso has raised our taxes from $0.66 per $100 valuation to $0.8433, an increase of 27%! Yes, we have actually joined the “3% Club” with Detroit!
For 2018, the value of my home was assessed 16.15% higher, but then my attorney sued to lower that increase to only 7.69%, which is still huge. Between that and my fleecing at the hands of the City, my property taxes are $684.46 higher for the coming year. That is money that I will not spend in the local economy, hurting local businesses and pressuring wages.
Our Mayor, who had promised to hold the line on taxes, and our City Council are 100% responsible for the tax hike, which is a direct result of their reckless borrowing and spending, their inability to contain our debt, their failure to respect established budgets, and their insistence upon increasing the cost of the already-bloated QOL bond projects, especially their “Arena,” by issuing new debt that was never approved by the voters.
We invite our readers to tell us what happened to their tax bills this year.
We deserve better