I would like to report on the ordeals which I and others have suffered, at the hands of the all powerful conglomeration that is called the Houston Texas Central Appraisal District (C.A.D.). They have taken our time and monies, and in return given us staged moot mocks.
Texas Law has established that no more than 10% is allowed perannum, for raising property taxes which most taxpayers consider too high, especially in these fluctuating times of uncertainty. C.A.D. however, has devised a new way to ignore this rule of law, for example if a property is valued at $100,000, C.A.D. revalues it at – $200,000, thereby creating a double taxation, without representation. Sound familiar?
Ignoring state laws seems to be a growing tendency, from towing laws to tax laws, and all the betweens – a danger to us all – no rule of law is no law.
In the past year, there have been two chief appraisers (Stan Stiefer and Rowland Attinger) that we the people know about.
For several years, Americans have been shortchanged, mostly due to evil and some bad polititions who under oath swear they will uphold and enforce the laws of our country, but instead work at dividing America, with their planned distractions and their brands of hocus.
Most of them have become very wealthy at being public servants, then they leave office with perks and pensions for life, for us to pay.
The day that I arrived at C.A.D. for my formal tax hearing, large numbers of uniformed police were mixed with a crowd waiting for their informal tax hearings. To me, the C.A.D. group handling the informal hearings looked very inexperienced in finance and general savvy.
I also noticed what seemed to me happily employed lawyers, running hither and yon with briefcases. Someone told me that they had been hired by taxpayers to argue the points for higher taxes – in place of themselves doing so.
C.A.D. tried to switch me to the informal hearings. I told them that I had a formal (scheduled) hearing. I was then ushered into a room where three ladies sat at a table. They looked to me as if they were in real estate sales. C.A.D. hires outside help to sit in on formal hearings – whoever they might be, and are paid ($125 to $175 day?) for their judgements on C.A.D.’s appraisals. What?!
There was a large and very expensive computer to my left, where a large overweight white man was concealed (I looked!) he was identified as my tax assessor. I asked him if he had investigated, in person, the properties that I had rendered. He answered “No, that all appraisals were made by computers.” What?! I was then asked to sign a small black computer plaque, that was only to confirm me being there. I was not given a copy of it.
I had been told to bring four copies of facts on each property rendered, to my hearing. They cost me time and money to prepare, and were not excessive clumps of trash, but vital and bonified facts. They refused to even look at them, however they kept my pictures. I was then told to just talk – talk only.
I believe that not only was my supposed tax hearing contrived to confuse and rattle me, but was extremely unbalanced – each ran less than 15 minutes.
At the end of my tax hearing I was asked, along with the only smile I had received throughout my duration what I thought about it. My reply was – it stunk.
When I got back to the C.A.D. lobby, I asked at the front desk about making an appointment with Mr. Attinger – head appraiser. I was told that they couldn’t tell me what floor his office was on, and with a very blunt and brusque manner, along with clear emphasis on “No one can see the head appraiser. No one, he is not available to the public at anytime.”
How does his honor rank that above the mayor or city council (who you can see)?
To put it in Texas lingo, we need to watch our hen houses, and look under them also for certain malignant scum fungus – S.O.S.
Breaking the backs of the ratio who are paying the taxes, with more taxation is like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.
M.D. Nelson Z. Zamora