Complaints about property taxes are nothing new. I've whined myself about our annual bill, although I must admit that this year it's a little less painful.
The crying this time, though, is not by the usual irked homeowner fighting a real estate assessment.
It's a Central Texas school district that is refusing to pay its portion of property taxes to the state in order to help fund other school systems.
Dubbed "Robin Hood" by critics, the 1993 law requires districts that have high property values relative to their student populations to share some of their local tax money with districts that have lower values per student.
That just isn't sitting well with the folks in Wimberley, a small, property-rich community south of Austin.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, "The Wimberley school district has flatly refused to remit $3.2 million in property tax revenue due to the state, saying the amount is 'excessive and in violation of state law and constitutional provisions.'"
Objections to the law are not new. Other districts have gone to court over it. But in this case, Wimberley school trustees say they need the money more than less wealthy school systems.
Wimberley officials told the newspaper that they "struggled to find room in their budget this year for repairs to district buildings and education supplies before deciding to withhold the school finance payment."
Steamed about your property taxes? As mentioned in this previous blog, the Tax Foundation compiles data that can help you see if your complaining is warranted when you compare your bill to property tax payers in other jurisdictions. Click here for a look at 2006 property taxes on owner occupied housing by U.S. county.