Legal Topics

PropertyTax Bills in the 2017 Legislature

Posted by: Roy Armstrong | Jun 20, 2017

Click the link to view. http://texasarb.com/uploads/files/AA_Bill_Summaries_6-19-17.pdf

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Recent Attorney General's Opinions

Posted by: Roy Armstrong | May 20, 2017

Attorney General's Opinions Last updated - May 20, 2017 Opinion No. KP-0147 May 11, 2017 Issues: Homestead exemptions Section 11.13(l)(2)(B) says that a homeowner can keep her homestead exemption indefinitely even if she is not living in the homestead if the absence is . . . caused by the owner's . . . residency…

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Recent Property Tax Cases

Posted by: Roy Armstrong | May 20, 2017

RECENT PROPERTY TAX CASES Last updated: May 20, 2017 Harris County Appraisal District v. Texas Workforce Commission 2017 WL 2023616 (Tex., May 12, 2017) Issues: ARB members’ eligibility for unemployment compensation Several former members of the ARB filed claims for unemployment benefits contending that they had…

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Slasher

Posted by: Roy Armstrong | Mar 30, 2017

Slasher is a 2004 documentary film about a high-energy, high-pressure used car salesman. His technique involves saying, "If you don't like the price of this car, I'll slash it for you!!"  ARB members often see property owners who have them confused with the Slasher. They think they can just say that…

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ARBs Working Together

Posted by: Roy Armstrong | Mar 14, 2017

Yesterday, I attended a very interesting informal meeting with officers from five ARBs. We discussed bills pending in the Texas legislature and many different policies and practices adopted by the various ARBs. The officers were able to learn which policies and practices have been most successful in other places and which…

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Decision-Making Fatigue

Posted by: Roy Armstrong | Sep 29, 2011

ARB members often have to make many tough decisions in a day. Making decisions is more tiring that people think. I recommend this article from the New York Times. It starts by explaining why a parole board tends to be more lenient early in the day and tougher as the day wears on. ARB members may be subject to the same…

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