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"The Taxman" Speaks About Property Taxes

  • 28 March 2022

Hot housing market leads to skyrocketing property appraisals

By Tom Zizka, Fox 26 Houston

  • 23 June 2021

Commercial Property Values Still Rose In Houston During The Pandemic

By Christie Moffat, Bisnow Houston

  • 21 July 2020

Protesting Property Taxes During A Pandemic

By Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media

  • 29 December 2017

Bettencourt Says Texans Can Pre-Pay Their Taxes, But a 2017 Deduction is Unlikely

By Margaret Downing, Houston Press

  • 7 October 2017

State Senator Paul Bettencourt…didn’t think any tax increase should be proposed until the county and city marshaled all other financial resources first.

By Dan Frosch, Wall Street Journal

  • 19 September 2017

Post-Harvey tax increases 'huge mistake,' key state senator declares

Bettencourt slams local governments on recovery moves

  • 13 July 2015

Appraisal appeals a losing battle?

My Fox Houston, Andrea Watkins 
Watch this news clip to see what is happening at the Fort Bend County Appraisal District where the average homeowner has been receiving a 0.01% reduction in their hearings. We are happy to report BTA is doing better than that.
  • 25 February 2015

Texas Senate tax break plan comes in at $4.7B in cuts

The Dallas Morning News, Politics, Robert T. Garrett
"Bettencourt and Patrick said the proposal would help hedge against appraisal creep."
  • 24 February 2015

Texas Senate Budget Chiefs Promise $4.6B in Tax Cuts

The Washington Times, AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera
  • 18 February 2015

Taxing Concern

Houston Chronicle, Opinion, Editorials
"Rookie state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, had hardly settled into his new office before he offered legislation that does indeed promise tax relief..."
  • 11 February 2015

GOP senators pitch higher school property tax exemption

The Dallas Morning News, Trail Blazers Blog, Terrence Stutz
"Senator Bettencourt, R-Houston, author of the measure, said the proposal would save home owners in Texas an average $200 a year on their property taxes and provide immediate relief on rising tax bills at a reasonable cost to the state."
  • 8 February 2015

Houston Lawmaker Touts Proposal to Cut Property Taxes

Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express, Texas Politics, Peggy Fikac
"Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, is proposing to double the school property tax homestead exemption..."
  • 5 November 2014

With New in Texas Government, What'll Happen to Property Taxes?

Action 13, Jeff Ehling
"Now that the election is over, a pair of property tax reformers are now in charge of the Texas Senate. So what will happen to rising property tax bills and how much will it save you?"
  • 2 June 2014

Tax Protests Flood in as Deadline Looms

KHOU 11 News, Doug Miller
The Bettencourt Team talks about protesting property taxes.
  • 15 May 2014

Despite Strong Economy, Budget Troubles Loom for Houston

Houston Chronicle, Mike Morris, City Hall Reporter
"Appraised values are going through the roof. Homeowners and businesses are both getting plastered."
  • 8 May 2014

Appraisal district, others bracing for record property valuation protests

Memorial Examiner Rusty Graham
It's a must year to protest your taxes!!!
  • 30 April 2014

Former Tax Assessor-Collector Explains Why to File a Homestead Exemption

Fox 26 Morning News Tom Zizka and Melissa Wilson
Filing a Homestead Exemption reduces your property taxes.
  • 31 March 2014

Get Ready for Sticker Shock on Your Property Values

Action 13, Jeff Ehling
"...lowering market values is critical to keeping future tax hikes in check."
  • 28 January 2014

Paul Bettencourt Says If He's Elected to the State Senate He's Going After the Mayor's Audit Policy!

Fox 26 Isiah Carey, The Isiah Factor
"There is simply no fact, or supposition of fact, that any audit letter, paid for by public tax dollars, should not be made public immediately, as transparent good government demands."
  • 15 January 2014

With January 31 deadline approaching, some Harris County property owners still waiting for tax bill

Channel 13 Katie McCall
If someone has a late tax bill, look at the date it was mailed to determine when to pay by.
  • 18 August 2013

How much tax will you pay to help early childhood education?

Channel 2 Newsmakers Khambrel Marshall
Paul fighting against a very unorthodox tax proposal to fund parent support and teacher training for early childhood education by a third party not-for-profit organization created in 2013 without any oversight of how your tax dollars are spent.
  • 20 June 2013

HISD Meets to Discuss New Budget Proposal

Channel 13 Elissa Rivera
If approved in October, homeowners in HISD will see a property tax rate increase
  • 23 May 2013

The Filing Deadline to Protest Property Taxes

Fox 26 Your Money with Mike Iscovitz
Paul Bettencourt and Bob Martin discuss the Property Tax Deadline
  • 24 April 2013

Houston's Property Values on the Rise

Action 13
  • 22 February 2013

Bettencourt Raises Warning about Tax Rate Increases on Top of Major Property Value Increases

HISD discussing additional tax increase
  • 10 April 2012

Money Matters "Tax Time Questions"

Money Matters "Tax Time Questions"
Great Day Houston with Debra Duncan -
  • 6 April 2012

Vietface - Paul Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC

Vietface - Paul Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC
The Vietnamese America
  • 21 March 2012

Good time to protest your home's value

Good time to protest your home's value
Channel 13 - Consumer News
  • 28 April 2010

Should you protest your property taxes?

Should you protest your property taxes?
Channel 13 - Consumer News

"The Taxman" on Red White and Blue

  • 25 November 2012

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE: "Texas 2012...Is It the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?"

Paul Bettencourt (sitting in for Gary Polland) and David Jones interview Cal Jillson, SMU Professor of Political Science, author of "Lone Star Tarnished" and Chuck DeVore, Senior Fellow for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on long term issues like transportation, water, education, etc. in the State of Texas.
  • 25 November 2011

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE: "Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism and the Common Good"

Paul Bettencourt (sitting in for Gary Polland) and David Jones interview Steven Fenberg, Community Affairs Officer of Houston Endowment, author of "UnprecedentedPower: Jesse Jones, Capitalism and the Common Good".

Paul says this book is a "must read" about Jesse Jones , Houston, and National Politics during World War II. Hats off to Steven Fenberg for a well written biography of one of the giants in Houston's history.

  • 21 April 2011

"Freedom Now" on RED WHITE AND BLUE

David Jones and Paul Bettencourt (sitting in for Gary Polland) talk with Houston's own legendary civil rights and community leader Reverend William A. Lawson, the founding pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and the official spokesperson for the "Freedom Now" Project; and Dr. D. Z. Cofield, pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church and President of the NAACP Houston Branch.
  • 8 January 2010

RED WHITE AND BLUE: "Bill White, Candidate for Texas Governor"

Hosts David Jones and Paul Bettencourt talk with candidate for Texas Governor, Bill White
  • 8 January 2010


Hosts David Jones and Paul Bettencourt have more to discuss after the show

"The Taxman" Speaks Out For the Taxpayer

  • 7 October 2017

State Senator Paul Bettencourt…didn’t think any tax increase should be proposed until the county and city marshaled all other financial resources first.

By Dan Frosch, Wall Street Journal

  • 15 February 2015

KTRH Talks Redistricting

KTRH's Morning News with Matt Patrick talks redistricting with Former Tax Assessor Paul Bettencourt and Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart (includes maps)
  • 10 February 2012

Amegy Bank Immigration Debate

Amegy Bank sponsored this important discussion on Illegal Immigration and Border Security. Paul Bettencourt acted as moderator as Norman Adams, Michael Berry, Charles Foster and Joan Neuhaus Schaan engage in a lively and informative debate. Over 800 business and community leaders watched as the debate unfolded. Special thanks to Amegy Bank, KHOU-CBS 11's Shern-Min Chow and Univision Houston's Rebecca Suarez for their participation.
  • 7 December 2011

Paul Bettencourt Discusses Texas Redistricting

  • 7 November 2011

Tiny Turnout Expected

HOUSTON - With Fall 2011 balloting just a matter of hours away, the only positive to report is there won't be much wear-and-tear on the election machines.
  • 3 May 2011

Port of Houston terminal empty years later

The Bayport Cruise Terminal cost a whopping $106 million of your money, but is it cash that just went down the drain?
  • 14 October 2010

Paul Bettencourt Opening Statement

Paul Bettencourt's opening remarks in a debate about Houston Proposition 1. Mr. Bettencourt is opposed to the proposition.
  • 16 September 2010

Paul Bettencourt Testifies Against Proposition 1 Houston-Part 1

Paul Bettencourt testifies to the Houston City Council about Proposition 1.
  • 4 July 2010

Protest Rally at Houston National Cemetery

Former Harris County Tax Assessor Paul Bettencourt speaks on behalf of the thousands of veterans and American citizens about the need for the VA to fire the cemetery director, Arleen Ocasio.