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Several city representatives to direct City Manager Tommy Gonzalez to lower El Paso tax rate

EL PASO, Texas – Several city representatives say they will direct City Manager Tommy Gonzalez to decrease the City of El Paso tax rate.

District 5 Representative Isabel Salcido has placed an item on Tuesday’s city council agenda. The agenda item is co-sponsored by District 3 Representative Cassandra Hernandez and District 7 Representative Henry Rivera.

“We have been paying attention over the last week to the news about homeowners receiving their appraisal notices from the El Paso Central Appraisal District,” Salcido said in a news release. “While the City Council has nothing to do with those appraisals, we understand the impact that increasing property value can have on next year’s tax bills and we want to do what we can to help keep those affordable.”

Rep. Salcido says lowering the city tax rate is an important step in providing relief to taxpayers. Council has not increased the tax rate each of the last two fiscal years.

Salcido has represented District 5, El Paso’s Upper East Side, on the City Council since she took office in January 2019.

ABC-7 has reported extensively on the rise in property values over the last two years as some residents are seeing their homes’ values increase by more than 20 percent in a single year.

ABC-7 also reached out to every city representative and county commissioner to see if they support lowering the tax rate to help offset the surge in property values.

District 2 Representative Alexsandra Annello told ABC-7 she supports lowering the rate: “I just think we need to create some kind of relief for people. This isn’t a normal market and these increases [in home values] are going to really hurt people.”

ABC-7 received a statement from District 8 Representative Cissy Lizarraga’s office that says she is non-committal at this time: “The City Council hasn't increased the tax rate over the last three years now, but of course there has been an increase in revenue as property values have increased during this post-pandemic period of high demand for homes. A proportional tax rate decrease is most definitely something Rep. Lizarraga would consider, but there's also no way she can commit right now to support something that won't even be proposed until a few months from now and that we currently only have a fraction of the information about.”

ABC-7 only heard back from one county commissioner so far. Precinct 2 Commissioner David Stout also indicated he might support a lowering of the county tax rate: “We have not discussed an increase in property taxes at Commissioners Court, but in strategic planning a few weeks ago, we did discuss at least holding the line and possibly reducing the tax rate like we did last year. I think we do need to take into account the recent property value increases and work as hard as we can to try and counteract those increases."

ABC-7 is working to get answers from the other city representatives and county commissioners and will report on what comes out of Tuesday’s council discussion.

Erik Elken

Erik Elken co-anchors ABC-7’s flagship newscasts.

Comments

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  1. Episd should lower their s h.i.t! Many homeowners don’t even have kids in school and they’re paying 3-6K just in school taxes. Crooks

  2. No skin off the city’s and county’s hide. They will be reaping windfall taxes from the ridiculous reappraisal of homes for the second year in a row.

  3. Over 50% of our property taxes go to EPISD. Who decides what amount &/or percentage of our property taxes go to schools?

    Also, if student enrollment is deceasing each year at EPOSF then why is their budget always increase every year?

    Finally, how many students from Juarez are using our schools for free and how many dollars are written off every year for services given to citizens from Juarez who don’t pay?

    1. School district taxes will vary and it depends on which school district you have property in. Not just EPISD but there are YISD, SISD, Canutillo, Clint, etc. Each has it own taxing rate. For example I’m in YISD but my school tax is capped since I am 65 years or older. It can go down but not up. Mine is less than 50% of my total tax bill.

  4. The school board decides. Also, the fede.ration of teachers person, Ross Moore is pushing for a 6%-8% raise for episd employees, and the new superintendent will probably go along with it since she’s new and wants the employees on her side? That raise will up the current $1.35 per $100 home value, so what shows on the mailed out app.raisals is WAY LOWER… GET READY, TA.XES ARE GOING UP $100-$200 PER MONTH MORE THAN LAST YEAR! The cen.tral appr.aisal district won’t budge, much! Save money for LU.BE, because the ta.xing enti.ties are gonna F.K.. YOU DRY!

    1. Only poor idiots like you take it in the rear end and pay higher taxes. But oh wait you don’t pay any taxes. Go service your tranny buddies nitwit.

      1. I remember when that loser came to my house. He claimed he used to do lawn service for the original owner, but started stammering when he saw my agency logo on my shirt. He mumbles a little and walked away. What he didn’t see, was the SIG P-20 in the holster in the back of my pants. Not really sure what his real intentions were, but I have the original owner’s lawn guy.

    2. Hey Fero2madmikegeedubb, you live in section 8 and get food stamps so the government (tax payer) will always take care of you no matter what Bidens’s inflation does.

      Do you report your income when you donate plasma and sell candy at the international bridge?

  5. I’m tired of these school teachers always demanding a raise. EPISD teachers just received a $2000 bonus during a record year of inflation.

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