By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

For most North Texas homeowners, the 2018 tax statements started coming out last week. You may not have received your bill in the mail, but your tax bill is out and due for payment by Jan. 31.

Simply go online and search for your county tax assessor to get your statement before it arrives in the mail. For Dallas County, you can find your statement here.

You’d think property tax bills would be fairly direct: “Here is the property address, here is the tax bill.” But these are government entities. So, let’s see how complicated it really is.

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Texas rises to the top again — this time, when it comes to high taxes.  According to a new study by WalletHub, Texas ranks sixth-highest for real estate taxes in the country. It’s no wonder then, that more than 60 tax-related bills sit before the Texas legislature now.

Worth noting: the WalletHub study cites Republican states as having lower overall property taxes when compared to their blue counterparts. So it comes as no surprise that much of the legislation aimed at decreasing Texans’ property tax burden originates from Republicans.

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Update: I’m stalking the Squatter. Saturday night I drove up to Flower Mound to see if there were any lights in the house at 2205 Waterford (really nice ‘hood, Robinson’s house is one home in from a major street) and there were none on. Snooped in the mailbox — no mail. Quiet as a church mouse save for the “No Tresspassing” sign Robinson plunked on the gate to the back-yard. Monday morning is his hearing. Thing he’ll show?

$1530.99 big ones is the property tax bill for 2205 Waterford Drive, due January 31, less if Mr. Robinson elects to take a homestead deduction. I am driving to Denton Monday morning to find out if he paid these taxes on time, also to see if Kenneth Robinson shows up in court at 9:00 a.m for his eviction hearing. Meantime, it looks like the “real” owner of the home has been located: William P. Ferguson is living in an apartment in Houston.