El Paso property taxes 33rd-worst in U.S.

There are 12 comments on the El Paso Times story from Sep 24, 2008, titled El Paso property taxes 33rd-worst in U.S.. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Homeowners' tax bills in El Paso County rank in the top half of 788 counties nationwide and the amount of property taxes as a percentage of home value is 33rd worst in the nation, new U.S. Census data show.

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Steve Rockport- El Paso

Ingleside, TX

#1 Sep 25, 2008
I can't really believe this. I was in Buffalo NY looking at old buildings and other parts of the east.

In Buffalo the building I liked seemed like a bargain 55,000 sq feet with a cost of $375,000 and an assessment of $400,000. I loved it but the yearly real estate tax was $23,078 and rising and I was scared off.

I believe Mass, RI , Del, PA, Maine, DC, MD, and the rest of New York all have higher property taxes.

This doesn't mean that El Paso is cheap by any means nor does it mean that El Paso's governments shouldn't strive to have lower taxes.

Perhaps ELP should consolidate its city and county govt. Maybe the Ysleta and ELP ISD should consider the same. That would mean less jobs for politicians. The taxes are just way too high.
Tio SAMuel

Juarez, Mexico

#2 Sep 25, 2008
Taxes HAVE to increase regardless what soup you choose, creamy McCain or spicy Obama.

The cost of the many bailouts and the numerous interest rate-cuts have put enormous pressure on the dollar diminishing its value tremendously.

Even if your 401k or any US dollar denominated investment you have or plan to, it will very likely turn up negative in relative terms unless you make 25% or more yearly at least.
MADASHELL

El Paso, TX

#3 Sep 25, 2008
Clean House in El Paso!!!
What are we getting inreturn for these onerous tax burdens?
corruption

El Paso, TX

#4 Sep 25, 2008
This is what we get for electing corrupt pigs to office.
MRV

El Paso, TX

#5 Sep 25, 2008
THE FIRST CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR AND OTHER POSTS WHO PROMISES A 50% REDUCTION OF MY PROPERTY TAXES WILL HAVE MY VOTE. SOUNDS ABSURD? PERHAPS, BUT SO IS 2%
RATE TO VALUE.
THIS CITY MIGHT JUST CONSIDER THE NOVEL IDEA OF ENTICING CORPORATIONS TO MOVE HERE. THAT MEANS REAL
ABATEMENTS, REAL COMMITMENTS.
AS ROCKPORT SUGGESTS, CONSOLIDATION OF SCHOOL AND GOVT ENTITIES WOULD ALSO REDUCE COSTS.
Sky High

Colorado Springs, CO

#6 Sep 25, 2008
El Paso's property taxes are disgraceful. Not too long ago, El Diario wrote an article about the number of El Paso families who actually had to sell their homes because they couldn't afford the property taxes!
I now live in Colorado, where the property taxes are extremely reasonable. On the other hand, there is a state income tax and housing prices are high.
It's hard to know which is worse. Not being able to afford the home you bought because property taxes are driving you out, or not being able to buy a house in the first place.

Since: Jan 08

currently DC metro area

#7 Sep 25, 2008
CAD decided that 33 was still to good for ELP and will be raising property taxes for all residents.
Big Government

El Paso, TX

#8 Sep 29, 2008
Steve Rockport- El Paso wrote:
I can't really believe this. I was in Buffalo NY looking at old buildings and other parts of the east.
In Buffalo the building I liked seemed like a bargain 55,000 sq feet with a cost of $375,000 and an assessment of $400,000. I loved it but the yearly real estate tax was $23,078 and rising and I was scared off.
I believe Mass, RI , Del, PA, Maine, DC, MD, and the rest of New York all have higher property taxes.
This doesn't mean that El Paso is cheap by any means nor does it mean that El Paso's governments shouldn't strive to have lower taxes.
Perhaps ELP should consolidate its city and county govt. Maybe the Ysleta and ELP ISD should consider the same. That would mean less jobs for politicians. The taxes are just way too high.
Consolidating the Government and S.D. are great ideas. How do we get the ball rolling
Teresa

United States

#9 Sep 29, 2008
The idiot people of El Paso keep voting for the same idiot leaders (Sylvester Reyes, John Cook, Anthony Cobos, etc., etc.), El Paso just might be in the Top 10 as the worst.
Gunslinger915

El Paso, TX

#10 Sep 29, 2008
Just to give an idea how bad El Pasoans get ripped off, this was a part of the story. San Diego, LESS than El Paso, San Antonio, tourist mecca, millions in the tax base, SLIGHTLY more than El Paso, Phoenix, valley of the Sun, retirement, tourist city, LESS than El Paso, Austin, State Capitol, LESS, city in New York State, LESS. And so it goes. And yet, Mayor C(R)ook And the Council give away millions of our tax money to a BILLIONAIRE so he can invest in a new business. They giveaway MILLIONS in tax breaks to big business, developers, land speculators, but not one penny tax break to the people of El Paso. Fee increases, tax increases, no end to the tax and spend of John Cook. And EVERYWHERE else in the country, the land, real estate, housing resale markets are in the toilet. But in El Paso, the 4th poorest city in the country, the local politico gangsters say all is fine, no problems in El Paso. Somebody, anybody, explain that if you can.
mmmmm

United States

#11 Sep 30, 2008
dopes
Business property

Irving, TX

#12 Oct 31, 2008
Here is what really angers me: I own a business and pay taxes on the building. That's standard and simple to quantifiy.

I also pay taxes on all property the business owns. i.e. any equiptment, computers etc. etc. This means that anything we do to improve our business is taxed through the nose.

This is very bad for business as it punishes a business for investing in itself since said investment often takes significant time to create profit.

What adds insult to injury is that I am told that most folks don't give accurate accounting of their property so they don't pay much.

If they made the taxes lower and audited to make sure that businesses were paying their fair share then taxes would be lower across the board.

Obviously this is easy to talk about but is difficult to implement.

I can tell you it is infurinating to be staring at a several thousand dollar tax bill on stuff that in all reality is still owned by the bank.

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