El Paso property tax bills jump 24 percent since 2003

El Paso property tax bills jump 24 percent since 2003

By Cindy Ramirez / El Paso Times

Sal Rodriguez has spent most of his professional career dealing with one of two things certain in life: taxes.

“It’s better than death,” jokes Rodriguez, who has worked as a property tax consultant and real estate broker for more than 20 years.

Rodriguez, 70, worked as a surveyor in the city tax office and later as an appraiser for the Central Appraisal District after it was created in 1979. He started his own tax consulting business in the mid-1980s.

“Every year when those appraisals come out in May, people begin to panic, and then again in October when they get their tax bill,” Rodriguez said, counting himself among those who nervously watch the mailbox for the notices. “The increases don’t have much of an impact on some people, but for others, it’s a big hit.”

Like most El Pasoans, Rodriguez has seen his property tax bill jump in the past decade. He pays $3,400 in taxes on his Lower Valley home, which is valued at about $170,000.

And like Rodriguez, property owners across the city can expect to see a higher tax bill again this year.

The property tax bill on an average-value home in the city…Read full story here: http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_23992691/el-paso-property-tax-bills-jump-24-percent

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