‘Nothing Has Changed’

 

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The appeals process for massive increase in appraisals, explained

FRANKLIN AVE., FROM N. 38TH ST. TO 29TH (click image for full size)

HUACO – Owners of commercial and residential property in this city are facing across-the-board increases in assessed valuation declared by appraisers who offer no clear evidence to support their claims.

The implications are clear.

Taxing entities have mandated a new and onerous cost of doing business and cost of living for householders in support of a militarized civil police force that is heavily engaged in militant political enforcement.

Through a clever set of interlocking directorates of taxing entities and their representation by board members of industrial corporations on the McLennan Appraisal District, the local council of governments in cooperation with state and national governments operate under a nexus of control unparalleled in any previous period of history.

Various fusion centers linked by satellite communications provide up to the minute artificial intelligence and video access to any area in which they intend to focus a massive strike force of police wielding weapons of war and the tactics long employed by elements of the national security apparatus in overseas operations.

A test operation that took place on May 17, 2015 at Twin Peaks Restaurant involving multiple law enforcement agencies and paramilitary elements made up of underworld characters participated in a hostile raid on a political meeting of the Confederation of Clubs, a coalition of politically active motorcycle enthusiasts. They gathered to hear updates on motorcycle profiling and the status of $17 million raised in special use fees attached to motorcycle registration fees. The Texas Department of Public Safety had refused to release those funds for their designated purpose, motorcycle safety awareness and training. The DPS coordinated the operation at Twin Peaks.

The city dads found themselves in a heap of trouble. Money trouble.

Their police served a general warrant on a group of political activists. We The People fought a revolution over that – more than once.

At the time, the Joint Special Operations Command of the U.S. Army was conducting an artificial intelligence system through its fusion centers on the southern tier of states bordering Mexico. The manufacturer, defense contractor Raytheon, calls it Jade 2.

Hence, the military named their operation JADE HELM 15.

When the smoke cleared, 9 men were dead, 20 wounded, and 177 arrested, a number that eventually totaled more than 190.

All were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, with the stipulation that their alleged acts contributed to capital murder and aggravated assault.

The charging instrument sworn by a Waco Police detective who later admitted under oath he had no personal knowledge of the allegations was drafted by the District Attorney and two members of his prosecution staff.

There was no specificity in the allegations of complaint. The only requirement to prepare the charge in any particularity was fill in the blank with a defendant’s name.

Bail of $1 million compelled very strict bond conditions once the courts provided reduction of the absurd figure initially set, in the words of the Magistrate, to “send a  message.”

A very small number of cases remain active under superseding indictments for a much less serious offense – rioting.

The rest of the indictments have been dismissed, some with prejudice, and in most cases with an admission that there is a diminished degree of probable cause in relations to others.

Taxpayers are facing massive liability for potential judgments in federal civil rights suits that could amount to multibillions of dollars in settlement.

Increased assessments on properties are estimated to factor 12 percent on residential properties, and 17 percent on commercial parcels.

There is an appeals process.

We turned to a property management professional who is presently involved in administrative remedy of his predicament.

A family business which  owns or controls about 1,000 parcels in cities scattered across the face of McLennan County, Crawford Austin is headquartered in it flagship shopping strip mall at 2910 Franklin Ave., one of a pair of two traffic arteries that bisect Waco north an south along the path of U.S. 84.

Is there a remedy? The answer is yes. The school boards, city councils, Commissioners’ Court, community college district – all are responsible for the selection and appointment of members of the McLennan Central Appraisal District board of directors.

The vast majority of those positions are held by industrial directors of corporations located in the jurisdiction area of the appraisal district. In most cases, the nominees of each taxing entity have not changed in many years. It is an unelected power base dominated by industrial influence.

To change that, voters could only change the elected officials in charge of those nominations. Innovators who have advocated a shakeup have met with extreme resistance from their colleagues.

How do professional appraisers hold that commercial properties are worth an average of 17 percent more?

Our man grins ruefully, shrugs and turns his hands palms up under arched brows.

“Nothing has changed.”

Gordon Harriman learned the McLennan Appraisal District’s servers are jammed with data sent in commercial property owners’ appeals

 

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