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Bust Out the Brass Knuckles: New Laws Go Into Effect Today

By Bethany Erickson / September 1, 2019 / 1 Comment
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More than 800 new laws go into effect in Texas today, thanks to the most recent legislative session. They range from everything to legalizing brass knuckles and lemonade stands to making porch piracy a felony, and even a new law impacting sellers disclosures for homes in floodplains. Chances are, the bulk of the 800 new […]

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Dallas ISD Board to Take Up Lowering Property Tax Rate

By Bethany Erickson / August 18, 2019 / 0 Comments
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Almost a year after voters approved a 13-cent property tax hike in a Tax Ratification Election, the Dallas ISD board of trustees will discuss reducing the rate this Thursday. In November, voters approved raising the rate from $1.04 to $1.17, the first increase since 2008. The agenda for Thursday’s regular meeting includes discussion of reducing […]

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State Rep. Victoria Neave’s Abrams Road Property Headed for Auction Block

By Bethany Erickson / July 26, 2019 / 0 Comments
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She’s made a name for being an effective legislator since beginning her career in the Texas legislature after winning against Kenneth Sheets in 2016, but State Rep. Victoria Neave is getting some attention now for something entirely different — her delinquent property taxes. Neave represents District 107, which includes parts of East Dallas and Mesquite. […]

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Texas Adopts International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

By Candy's Dirt / July 16, 2019 / 2 Comments
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From staff reports Thinking about building a new pool? You may find some new hoops to jump through in the next couple of years, thanks to a new bill signed into law in Texas. The Texas legislature passed HB 2858 in the last legislative session. The bill allows municipalities in the state to require model […]

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Texas Lege Signs Off On School Finance, Property Tax Relief Bill

By Bethany Erickson / May 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

Squeaking in just before May 27 and sine die, lawmakers in the state House and Senate passed a school finance bill that will provide raises for teachers, pre-K, and property tax relief. The final OK comes a day after Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced that the two […]

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Richardson ISD Adds Its Bill to Neave’s Property Tax Tab

By Bethany Erickson / March 4, 2019 / 1 Comment
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On the heels of the revelation that Dallas County is suing State Rep. Victoria Neave for more than $26,000 in late property taxes on her Abrams Road home, Richardson ISD has filed documentation that would bring Neave’s total delinquent tax tab to more than $50,000. The district filed an intervening motion March 1 that added […]

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